A now former employee recently caused a stink in the Seattle area by letting more than 230,000 gallons of untreated sewage to spill into people’s backyards along Lake Ballinger.
Residents’ backyards were flooded along with sandboxes and swing sets. In total, 14 houses were affected by the sewage spill.
The cost to fix the damage caused by the sewage spill and the employee’s horrific act was about $300,000.
This spill caused a deeper dive into the treatment plant and since Feb. 2017, there have been 11 sewer overflows. Each caused by some kind of mechanical failure. The culprit? Aging equipment and infrastructure. The county is spending $450 million throughout the next six years to upgrade.