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Seattle, Everett, Tacoma activate first stage advisory water shortage response plans today

Puget Sound region customers are advised to carefully manage their water use. Historic low river levels — combined with record-setting hot and dry weather that have significantly increased the demand for water. Everett, Seattle and Tacoma have planned to implement the first stage of their water shortage response plans today. The three cities are all activating their […]


Windermere water back on

12:21 PM Update: Water is back on in Windermere. 11:21 AM Update: Water service is expected to return for properties within the shutdown main area in the next hour. 10:28 AM Update: Water service back to normal for properties outside the shutdown main. 8:35 AM: A water main break on NE Windermere Road has led to a water outage […]


Water Wisely – Lawn and landscape care

Water conditions in the Seattle area are currently fair. Are you wondering how often you should be watering your lawn, or if at all? Watering schedules do matter and depend on the time of day and how often you water. In July, lawns need about 1 inch of water per week, spread over 2 or […]


After a record–breaking hot & dry June, Seattle’s water supply has changed from ‘good’ to ‘fair’.

After the hottest June in recorded history, higher-than-usual water consumption, record-low stream flows into storage reservoirs and the onset of El Niño conditions, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) today changed its water supply outlook from good to fair. The utility is now making operational changes to maximize water supply, and customers are asked to continue to […]


Thousands of homes in Wedgwood, Windermere and University neighborhoods are now eligible for RainWise

RainWise, a joint program of Seattle and King County is an ever more popular way to fight water pollution. The RainWise Program is part of a larger plan to reduce combined sewer overflows, or CSOs, which occur when stormwater causes sewer lines to overflow into local waterways during heavy rains. The RainWise Program offers rebates […]


Straight to the source: Seattle’s Mountain Fresh Water

Have you ever wondered where your mountain fresh drinking water comes from?  Find out this summer by joining Seattle Public Utilities for a tour of the protected Cedar River Municipal Watershed. These tours are held Saturday and Sunday by our expert naturalists. The tour can be taken by bus and by foot. This is a great opportunity […]


Moving and getting rid of bulky items? Don’t dump illegally!

As the summer months approach and the moving season picks up, Seattle begins to see a number of old couches and mattresses thrown out onto the sidewalks. Some of these get picked up by new owners and some are forgotten and left behind. The result of this is a lot of discarded items left in […]


Public art to be featured on utility pump house in Maple Leaf – Community comments extended until July 31, 2015.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) values your input as we prepare to include a display of public art on the Roosevelt Pump House, located within the Maple Leaf Reservoir Play Area at the corner of NE 82nd Street and Roosevelt Way NE. SPU is working with local artist Jonathan Fischer and community member Scott K. Bishop […]


Where does it go? Look-up tool for recycling, compost, and garbage

Ever wonder what belongs in the compost bin, recycling bin, garbage bin or the hazardous waste facility? Use this handy Look-up Tool to find out where things like bubble wrap, foil, and electronics go. Always remember to rinse out bottles and jars and only place clean recyclables in the recycling bin. Dirty recyclables compromise the […]


Seattle street cleaning dramatically expanded to fight water pollution

One of the key elements to the 15-year Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways is a nation-leading street-cleaning program. Beginning next year, the city will double the lane miles of arterials being cleaned—from 10,000 to 20,000—to remove pollutants before they wash into public waterways. The program’s goal is to remove at least 140 tons of pollutants […]