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Environment | Water

Everything 'Normal' In Puget Sound After Disastrous Wastewater Spill

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:22 p.m. | Seattle

Four months after a disastrous wastewater spill in Puget Sound, water quality levels are normal.

Environment | Climate change

How Future Superstorms Could Overwhelm Today's Wastewater Infrastructure

KUOW/EarthFix | March 10, 2017 6:10 p.m. | Seattle

Raw sewage dumps aren’t as rare as we’d like to think. And intense rain events -- which climate change will make more common -- could make these spills more necessary without infrastructure upgrades.

Environment | Water

King County Releases Findings On Sewage Plant Failure

KUOW/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 6:55 p.m. | Seattle

On Tuesday, King County released preliminary findings of what went wrong at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Sewer Water Beer Wins Oregon Regulators' Approval

OPB | April 15, 2015 6 p.m.

State environmental regulators allow a wastewater treatment utility to give its recycled sewer water to a group of home brewers so they can turn it into beer.

Environment | Water | Business

Oregon Water Treatment Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 1:24 p.m. | Portland

Hillsboro-based Clean Water Services has asked the state of Oregon for permission to turn its purified wastewater into beer.

Environment | Water | Ecotrope

Portland Brewery Tests Out Water-Recycling Fuel Cell

Ecotrope | May 16, 2013 8:44 p.m.

A new pilot project will attempt to clean the wastewater from Widmer Brothers Brewing so it can be recycled into more beer using a fuel cell that simultaneously generates electricity.

Water | Sustainability | Ecotrope

Military Targets Net-Zero Water At Camp Rilea

Ecotrope | Aug. 8, 2012 4:33 a.m.

The Oregon Army National Guard has taken the water supply at its Camp Rilea training site off the grid.

Water | Sustainability | Ecotrope

New Hillsboro Plant Sells Nutrients From Sewage

Ecotrope | May 8, 2012 2:31 p.m.

A sewage treatment facility in Hillsboro will soon be making money off of nutrients people flush down the toilet.

Water | Ecotrope

Which Washington Wastewater Plants Have the Cleanest Records?

Ecotrope | July 8, 2011 9:56 a.m.

For Washington state, 2010 was a record-breaking year—at least in the world of wastewater treatment.