The Washington Department of Ecology told the Seashore Villa mobile home park in Thurston County that it needs to fix its wastewater treatment plant that discharges to Budd Inlet, just north of Priest Point Park in Olympia, and that it faces fines for every day the plant remains off line.
Ecology inspected the treatment plant Jan. 24 and discovered that the mobile home park was bypassing its treatment plant and sending partially treated sewage directly to Budd Inlet. Also Jan. 24, the Thurston County Health Department issued a closure for Burfoot Park in Budd Inlet due to the discharge.
The public is advised to have no contact with the water until further notice.
Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.
The Seashore Villa permit says the park is supposed to use a three-step process in which wastewater undergoes biological treatment, filtration and then disinfection. The operator had been performing disinfection only and skipping the first two steps.