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FAQ: How can I speed up my yard waste composting process?

A: The secret to faster yard waste composting is to maintain your pile’s moisture level. Composting is a great way to reduce waste and keep your soil healthy! Adding organic matter to your soil helps balance pH levels (finished yard waste compost is neutral which helps improve our naturally acidic NW soil) and provides plants with nutrients. Below […]

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Water and Wildlife: The Cedar River Watershed

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Take a look at the picture to the left. Stunning, isn’t it? The City of Seattle’s Cedar River Municipal Watershed supplies clean drinking water to over 1 million people in the greater Seattle area. Safe, high quality drinking water is one of our priorities here at […]

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FAQ: Are pesticides the only effective option to avoid pests and weeds?

A: No! Natural pest and weed control methods are just as effective. Whether you’re a novice or expert gardener, pests and weeds can be a source of frustration. Pesticides are marketed as a powerful resource for your garden troubles, but their power can quickly become harmful. Overuse of pesticides can cause soil and plant damage, poison wildlife […]

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FAQ: Whoa! Why is my utility bill so high?

A: The culprit could be an unknown leak, or overuse of water and solid waste services. Paying bills is task that has unanimous agreement—it’s not fun. If your bill is higher than normal use the guide below to help you figure out what is going on and how to address it. Eek, leaks! Leaks are sneaky. Even a small leak […]

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Murray appoints new Seattle Public Utilities Director

Mayor Ed Murray today announced his appointment for the Director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Mami Hara. Hara is an experienced utility executive and planner. “Mami brings a strong foundation of public and private sector leadership to the City, along with a commitment to advancing equitable and sustainable cities through collaboration and thoughtful infrastructure investment,” […]

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FAQ: What are common watering systems and how do I use them?

A: Three common watering systems are watering wands, automatic irrigation, and soaker hoses. Watering wands are used for individual plants or small garden beds, while automatic irrigation systems are used for larger lawn or garden areas that require regular watering. Soaker hoses are used for food gardens and new trees. Are you having trouble getting your garden and plants […]

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Seattle City Council to consider 3-year solid waste rate plan

Proposal would increase garbage rates by an average of 4.4 percent annually SEATTLE — In keeping with Seattle Public Utilities’ long-term strategic business plan, the Seattle City Council Tuesday will consider a rate path for solid waste services — garbage, recycling, composting — which would raise residential and commercial charges by an average of 4.4 […]

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FAQ: How often and how much should I water in the summer?

A: That’s a tricky question. There are no hard and fast rules for watering (it depends on the soil, type of plant, weather, and other factors) but a quick and easy tip is to check your soil. Use your hand or a trowel to dig a couple inches down into the soil to see if it […]

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Register for a free Auto Leaks Class!

Every year, oil and other automotive fluids find their way to Puget Sound and other waterways where they pose a risk to wildlife and habitats. Seattle Public Utilities’ Automotive Maintenance Program wants to help you make sound choices. Attend a FREE Auto Leaks Workshop and have your car inspected by a certified expert, learn how to fix […]

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FAQ: How do I use water wisely and still maintain a healthy lawn?

A: Incorporate the natural lawn care and wise watering tips below to keep your lawn healthy—even in the hot summer months.     Water deeply, but less frequently. When you water, make sure you moisten the whole root zone. Then, let the soil dry between waterings; this will prevent lawn disease and save water. Lawns only need about one […]

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