Executive Dow Constantine recommends against sewer rate hike

April 25, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 25, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine called for keeping monthly sewer rates stable for 2012 under a proposal sent to the County Council last week.

“In these difficult economic times, it makes sense to keep the rate flat,” he said in a statement. “This proposal will allow us to maintain critical infrastructure, support economic growth and promote environmental health without undue burden to ratepayers.”

Constantine called for customers served by the county’s clean-water utility to continue to pay the current wholesale rate of $36.10 per month. The rate covers the cost to collect and treat wastewater from 34 local sewer utilities, including Issaquah.

Issaquah collects wastewater from more than 4,800 residences and businesses. The city does not operate a treatment plant. Instead, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.

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King County enacts sewer rate hike for 2011

December 28, 2010

The sewer rate for residential customers served by King County rises to $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.

Customers should notice the increase on Jan. 31 or Feb. 28 utility bills.

The county charges the rate to 34 cities and sewer districts, including Issaquah, to carry and treat wastewater.

Issaquah collects wastewater from more than 4,800 residences and businesses. The city does not operate a treatment plant. Instead, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.

The county then uses the rates Issaquah customers pay to maintain the regional sewer system.

In addition to the residential hike, commercial sewer rates increase 8.3 percent next year.

King County Council members increased the rate in June in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.

Officials said the rate increase should also offset increases in the cost of maintaining and operating a regional wastewater system serving customers in King County, and parts of Snohomish and Pierce counties.

New county parks chief emphasizes outreach

August 31, 2010

Christie True

The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks director handles a bulging portfolio: park and trail maintenance, habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, flood prevention, and the unglamorous tasks associated with treating wastewater and handling garbage.

Christie True said she looks forward to the challenge. King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed the veteran wastewater employee to the top job in July. True settled into the role July 12.

“Christie is well known for her work ethic, her leadership skills and her record of getting big jobs done,” Constantine said in a statement. Read more

King County raises sewer rates

June 22, 2010

The sewer rate for customers served by King County will be $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.

King County Council members adopted the two-year rate hike last week. The council increased the rate in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.

Officials said the rate increase should also offset increases in the cost of maintaining and operating a regional wastewater system serving customers in King County, and parts of Snohomish and Pierce counties.

The amount ratepayers see on utility bills will depend on local sewer utilities. The county charges the rate to 34 cities and sewer districts, including Issaquah, to carry and treat wastewater. Issaquah and the other jurisdictions set rates independent of the county.

Issaquah does not operate a treatment plant. Rather, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.

The council also approved a $50.45 per month charge for new sewer hook-ups — a $1.38 increase from the old monthly charge.

King County raises sewer rates for next year

June 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2010

The sewer rate for customers served by King County will pay $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.

King County Council members adopted the two-year rate hike Monday. The council increased the rate in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.

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Fish can tell us a lot about the water we drink

December 15, 2009

Fish Journal

Our fresh water fish are not only interesting for those who value them for food or sport, but are also studied by naturalists, wildlife biologists, ecologists, public health professionals and even biochemists. Read more

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