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July 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

City turns beach showers back on

The city will turn showers back on at Alki Beach and Seacrest Park this week, the Department of Parks announced today.

To the confusion of many Seattle beachgoers, the department shut off the showers earlier this week after the Seattle Public Utilities cited pollution discharges to the Puget Sound from the two shower facilities.

The parks department is still working out a long-term strategy, but it came up with a temporary compromise with SPU that will allow it to turn the showers back on now: They’ll post signs that say “no soap, no chemicals and no dumping,” and they’ll install charcoal or vitamin-C treatment systems.

The Alki Beach showers will be operational today and Seacrest Park will be running Thursday.

At an afternoon news conference, Mayor Ed Murray said he met with his executive team this morning and told them to resolve the problem.

He said he didn’t know about the issue until he read about it in The Seattle Times Wednesday morning and said it was an example of the lack of communication and coordination between city departments which he’s trying to break down.

”It points out a challenge I have which is the siloed nature of how our city operates, where one department is closing something down, the other department is then stuck with the result and doesn’t have a chance to come up with a quick solution,” Murray said.

He said SPU ordered the showers and a fish cleaning station shut down without his knowledge. At the morning meeting, he told his staff to “Sort it out. Get this straightened out. These are two city departments. This is something that didn’t have to happen.”

Murray added, “I don’t like to read things in the paper, but I appreciate when I get the information from you it if I can’t get it somewhere else.”

Comments | Topics: Alki, Seacrest, showers

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