Updates & News
Here is the latest information on LOTT activities, special events, and other updates.
LOTT’s 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 and initial findings are available through the study web page (link below). Field work for the second task of the study, treatment effectiveness evaluation, began recently. This involves adding two non-toxic, inert tracers to reclaimed water being infiltrated at LOTT Hawks Prairie Ponds and Recharge basins for a period of seven days in January 2018. Testing of area groundwater for tracer and water quality will be conducted over the next year. Additional study tasks will continue into 2019, including public involvement to engage the community in discussions about study findings. The study and final report are expected to be complete in 2019.
Sea Level Rise Response Planning
City of Olympia, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, and Port of Olympia are working jointly to develop a Sea Level Rise Response Plan. Working together will ensure a coordinated strategy for protecting downtown Olympia, the Port peninsula, and LOTT’s Budd Inlet Treatment Plant from the impacts of sea level rise. For more information, visit:
LOTT Receives National Awards
LOTT is among only 61 public and private utilities that have been recognized as a “Utility of the Future” for demonstrating innovation in sustainability and value-added service to communities. This new recognition program is a collaborative effort of the Water Education Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and WateReuse Association, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LOTT also recently received three Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for excellence in permit compliance. Gold awards were granted for both the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant, and a Silver award was granted for the Budd Inlet Reclaimed Water Plant. LOTT’s WET Science Center won the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Sustainability Award in recognition of the One Water – The Infinite Journey art and education project. The art piece was created by local artist Carrie Ziegler, with help from local students and community members, and is meant to raise awareness of the importance of clean water, how water cycles through natural and urban areas, and how humans are connected to water.