Bremerton: Sewer saltwater coming from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

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BREMERTON, Wash – More saltwater is flowing into city sewers from the Navy’s home base, putting the city’s sewers at risk, the Kitsap Sun reported.

While saltwater is not unusual in a sewer system surrounded by Puget Sound, the increased amount of saltwater could increase corrosion, rust and increase odors in the city’s system, the paper reported.

The saltwater amounts are double their usual levels, Pat Coxon, the city’s wastewater treatment manager told the Sun.

City and Navy officials have not been able to solve the problem, the Sun reported.

Both the City and the Navy have conducted testing, along with the state Department of Ecology, Coxon said.

The City is concerned that if the problem is not corrected, that pipes will corrode and rust, pumps will wear down more quickly, and a rotten egg-like odor will worse, the Sun reported.