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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Contact:
Art Starry, Environmental Health Division Director, (360) 867-2587 or art.starry@co.thurston.wa.us

Sewage Spill Reaches Percival Creek
Public should avoid contact with Percival Creek, Capitol Lake, and Inner Budd Bay Inlet

​OLYMPIA – On Monday, December 27, a blockage in a sanitary sewer line on Somerset Drive SW caused an estimated 3,000 gallons of sewage to discharge into the City of Tumwater stormwater system, and then into Percival Creek. As a result of the spill, Public Health officials are asking the public (and their pets) to avoid contact with the water in Percival Creek, Capitol Lake, and inner Budd Inlet until 9 a.m. Thursday, December 30. 

The spill was confirmed by the City of Tumwater at approximately 9 a.m. Monday, December 27.  City Public Works staff immediately removed the blockage and restored normal flow to the system.  Since the majority of the sewage immediately entered the stormwater system and then Percival Creek, no sewage could be recovered.

For more information on this spill, please contact Dave Kanisger, City of Tumwater Water Resources, at (360) 754-4144.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3