Water & Waste

Water and waste emissions come from the collection and treatment of our drinking water, sewage, and solid waste. See the regional water and waste strategies and actions.

waste

  1. Wastewater Treatment
  2. Solid Waste per Capita

Target

Reduce wastewater treatment emissions 20% below 2015 levels by 2030.

Outlook

  Not on track.

From 2015 to 2021, solid waste per capita increased almost 20%. Emissions from wastewater treatment increased 2% from 2015-2019. Continual improvements at LOTT Clean Water Alliance have kept the increase in emissions low, but to achieve our target we must take significant action. 

Strategies and Actions

Increase efficiency of water and wastewater infrastructure. Moving and treating water is typically one of the largest energy draws in buildings. Understanding where better efficiency is possible in municipal water and sewage treatment systems, and then making those improvements are actions that support this strategy. 

Reduce landfill waste and consumption of carbon-intensive goods and services. When we turn on our faucets, buy goods that are manufactured across the globe, or take out the trash we are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Decreasing our carbon footprint requires us be more conscious about the negative impacts of our daily activities. Actions to support these strategies include providing education and technical assistance on how to reduce waste. 

See the full list of the water and waste strategies and actions. 

Contact Us

  1. Allison Osterberg
    Senior Planner
    osterberga@trpc.org

    Thurston Regional Planning Council
    2411 Chandler Court SW
    Olympia, WA 98502
    Ph: 360-956-7575