Updates & News
Here is the latest information on LOTT activities, special events, and other updates.
LOTT’s Accomplishments in 2020
LOTT’s Budget and Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for 2021-2022 is about 74% capital costs and 26% operating costs. The budget is capital intensive due to a number of large-scale projects planned for 2021-2022 to sustain the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, LOTT’s main treatment facility. Key projects include Biological Process Improvements and Digester System Improvements. The CIP includes over $150 million in necessary upgrades to the wastewater treatment and conveyance facilities over the next six years.
Biological Process Improvements
LOTT will be starting a major construction project at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant that will begin in late 2020 and be completed in 2023. The Biological Process Improvements project will optimize the biological treatment process that removes nutrients from wastewater. The project will replace aging equipment, enhance operational control and flexibility, and increase process reliability. It will also greatly improve the energy efficiency of the wastewater treatment process.
Essential LOTT operations continue during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Our dedicated plant staff are keeping systems running to ensure effective wastewater treatment at both the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant. LOTT offices and the WET Science Center are closed to the public until further notice. Office staff are working remotely, and coming to the office as duties require. For general inquiries, please email us or leave a message at (360) 664-2333 and we will get back to you within two business days. To report a LOTT-related wastewater emergency, call (360) 528-5700.
LOTT received the national Utility of the Future Today recognition for 2019 from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), and the WateReuse Association. This recognition celebrates forward-thinking, innovative, resilient utilities that provide value-added service to communities.
LOTT received three Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for excellence in permit compliance in 2018. Gold awards were granted for all three of LOTT's facilities: the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, Budd Inlet Reclaimed Water Plant, and Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant. LOTT also received the 2018 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance award from the Department of Ecology for achieving 100% compliance.
Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study
LOTT is conducting a multi-year scientific study to answer community questions about residual chemicals. The Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study focuses on collecting data about the quality of our local groundwater, surface water, wastewater, and reclaimed water, including the presence of residual chemicals, and analyzing potential risks to human health and the environment. The first task of the study, water quality characterization of local groundwater, streams, rivers, wastewater, and reclaimed water, is complete. Work on the second task of the study, treatment effectiveness evaluation, is nearly complete. Work is underway on the third task, the risk assessment. Additional study tasks will continue into 2020, and will include opportunities for the public to engage in discussions about study findings. The study and final report are expected to be complete in 2021. Reports and results completed to date are available through our Reclaimed Water Study webpage.