Updates & News

Here is the latest information on LOTT activities, special events, and other updates.

COVID-19 Operations
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 as a precaution until further notice. Office staff are working remotely, and progress on active construction projects continues.

The community is asked to take extra care to NOT flush wipes, paper towels, tissues, and other trash. Some wastewater utilities are reporting customers are flushing wipes or paper towels due to shortages of toilet paper. Wipes clog pipes – even those that say “flushable” on the package! Flushing these items can cause blockages and backups of raw sewage into your home or city streets. They can also clog pumps and other treatment equipment. If you must use wipes, paper towels, or tissues, dispose of them in the trash.

See the COVID-19 News Release for more information. For general inquiries, please email info@lottcleanwater.org 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.

National Awards
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.

Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study

2019-2020 Budget
The Board-approved Budget and Capital Improvements Plan includes the Operating Budget and Capital Budget for the years 2019 and 2020. It also includes the Capital Improvements Plan, which lists the projects and programs anticipated within the next six years, and over the longer term.

2019-2020 Budget and Capital Improvements Plan (PDF)