Belfair Wastewater and Water Reclamation Facilities Project Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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  • Belfair Wastewater and Water Reclamation Facilities
  • Department of Ecology Robert Berquist, County Commissioner Tim Sheldon, County Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson, Congressman Norm Dicks, County Commissioner Steve Bloomfield, Puget Sound Partnership Colonel Anthony Wright
  • Belfair Wastewater and Water Reclamation Facilities

    Belfair, WA -

    On July 30, spectators gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Belfair Wastewater and Water Reclamation Facilities project located in the Mason County area of Washington.

    Opening remarks were made by Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring-Erickson, who recognized the project as an important milestone in the growth of the Mason County community. Also present was Congressman Norm Dicks, who spoke of the collaboration and teamwork by the State, the County, and the community in building this this facility. This project is the largest public-funded venture in Mason County history.

    The project involved switching the community’s septic-based water system to a sewer-based system, thus ensuring a more sustainable approach to water management for the community. The ceremony recognized the end of Phase 1 of the project. There are an additional five phases planned to add more connections to the sewer system.

    Additionally, there were significant environmental benefits from the Belfair Wastewater and Water Reclamation Facilities project. In 2004, Lower Hood Canal was listed on the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) 303(d) list of impaired water bodies. Significant population growth in the Lower Hood Canal watershed had contributed to the high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and increasing nutrient loading. The project used centralized wastewater collection and reclamation systems to eliminate a number of failing on-site sewage systems, reduce the impact of fecal coliforms and nutrients, and to protect the quality of Lower Hood Canal.

    The project was therefore funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Washington DOE, the Washington Department of Commerce and Mason County. The EPA and DOE recognized the ecological benefits the project would bring to the Puget Sound by protecting Hood Canal and ensuring the treatment of wastewater to Class A standards for water reuse.

    Harris worked in support of Mason County, helping with the construction management of the project. The project was under the tight scrutiny of the EPA and DOE, which performed six different audits of the project documentation.

    LEED certification is required on this project as part of the Department of Ecology Green Building funding. The LEED team has worked diligently and hopes to increase the certification to a Silver rating throughout the lifespan of the project.

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