courses, conferences, certificates, and more are available for all employees. The team-based approach 
provides the foundation for future leadership with knowledge across the organization to prepare for 
retirements, regulatory and operational changes, and demand-based resource production, all under 
strong financial controls.  

Sustainable Resources  

The team-based approach provides organizational knowledge for a future emphasizing reuse of 
wastewater resources to support our region. Examples of our efforts:  

Class A Reclaimed Water: LOTT operates two reclaimed water facilities – a sand filter system and a 
membrane bioreactor system. Both treat to the state of Washington’s Class A Reclaimed Water 
standards. Reclaimed Water is currently in use as irrigation at state, city, and port parks; a fountain, 
pond, demonstration wetland, and interactive wading stream; and toilet flushing in LOTT facilities and at 
the neighboring Hands On Children’s Museum. LOTT manages wetland ponds and groundwater 
infiltration basins, and the cities of Lacey and Olympia manage an infiltration facility for water rights 
mitigation. These uses offset marine discharge into Budd Inlet, a sensitive body at the southern end of 
Puget Sound, and help reduce groundwater withdrawal regionally. Production, distribution, and use of 
reclaimed water are the core of LOTT’s long-range Wastewater Resource Management Plan and we 
anticipate increased use in the years to come.  

Beneficial Biosolids: LOTT produces Class B biosolids at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant. A contract with 
an agricultural consortium in eastern Washington uses 100% of LOTT biosolids for direct land application 
to agricultural and forest lands. For several years, LOTT has captured and converted biosolid methane 
gas for heat and electricity at its own facility, sharing energy with the neighboring Hands On Children’s 
Museum. LOTT closely follows research, media, and policy related to biosolids to anticipate regulatory 
changes and diversify use. To support the development of agricultural resources in Thurston County, a 
study of the feasibility of a digester project that uses cow manure, food scraps, trap grease, expired 
beer, and other organic materials to produce biogas is underway. LOTT is a key partner with other local 
governments and colleges in this study.  

Energy Efficiency: The LOTT Regional Services Center is a certified LEED platinum building that 
centralizes staff and operations at the Budd Inlet Treatment plant with lower energy use and sustainable 
design. Puget Sound Energy, Inc. and Cascade Energy completed an operational energy optimization 
analysis at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant in 2015. The analysis provided recommendations for low- and 
no-cost energy conservation measures, and LOTT instituted many of these before the end of the year. 
Additional efforts to engage staff and explore additional energy production projects, like solar, and 
reduction practices are underway to meet the goal of a 5% total energy reduction by 2018.  

Community Partnering & Engagement  

LOTT defines community engagement as “a two-way flow of information and ideas, involving LOTT, 
ratepayers, members of the public, community groups, partner organizations, staff members, and 
industry peers.” LOTT works with the public in partnership to educate about operations, conservation, 
and reuse. Some examples:   

Environmental Studies: LOTT facilitated a Regional Septic Summit to explore strategies for converting 
urban density septic systems to the sewer system. Following the summit, the partner jurisdictions