Answering some common questions about us

What does LOTT mean?
L-O-T-T stands for LOTT’s four partner jurisdictions – the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County. LOTT is a non-profit corporation that functions like a public agency. A Board of four elected officials appointed from its partner jurisdictions manages LOTT under an intergovernmental agreement to provide wastewater management services for the urban areas of north Thurston County.

How are rates set?
Rates are set based on the total cost to operate and maintain LOTT’s wastewater treatment system, including treatment plants, pump stations, pipelines, and associated programs. Your wastewater bill includes a portion for LOTT costs and a separate portion for the city’s cost to build and maintain the city sewer lines that carry wastewater from homes and businesses into the LOTT system. The LOTT Board of Directors evaluates rates each year, usually at their July and August Board meetings.

Why do wastewater rates seem so high? 
The water that goes down your drains must be carefully treated and disinfected to remove pollutants before it can be released back into the environment. LOTT must treat the water to high standards to protect water quality in Budd Inlet and meet permit requirements set by the Washington State's Department of Ecology. This requires a complex system of treatment processes and equipment, as well as highly trained technical staff, supplies, electricity, and other expenses.

What is reclaimed water?
Reclaimed water is cleaned, disinfected recycled water ideal for non-drinking purposes like irrigation, industrial and commercial processes, fountains and ponds, and groundwater infiltration. Both the Washington State's Departments of Ecology and Health set standards to ensure high quality and safety for reclaimed water.

Where is LOTT’s outfall? Is it the large pipe at the southern end of East Bay?
LOTT’s outfall is located off the northern tip of the Port peninsula in Budd Inlet. Treated water from LOTT is not released from the end of one single big pipe. Instead, it flows out of 55 diffuser ports that are spread out along 1,000 feet of the sea floor. The large pipe located at the southern end of East Bay is not LOTT’s pipe; it carries water from Moxlie Creek, Indian Creek, and some stormwater from the downtown area.