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Seward Park swimming beach will open after two days of clean water samples

SEATTLE (August 28, 2015) — Seattle’s Seward Park swimming beach will reopen Saturday, after two consecutive days of testing showed the water safe for recreation. But a four-block stretch of Lake Washington remains closed to contact by humans and pets pending further testing. The section of Lake Washington shoreline near Wednesday’s sewage spill site — from […]

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Seward Park swimming beach closed through Friday

SEATTLE (August 27, 2015) — Seattle’s Seward Park swimming beach will remain closed through at least Friday afternoon, until further water testing can confirm the water is safe. Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) made the decision to close the beach yesterday as a precaution, after problems with an electrically operated pipe […]

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Region hitting 10 percent water reduction goal, utilities continue to ask for reduced water use

  Puget Sound Region (Aug. 26, 2015) — In the last two weeks, the region has collectively cut back on its water use by 10 percent, hitting the goal set by Everett, Seattle and Tacoma. The three cities ask customers to please keep up their efforts to reduce water use. After moving to the Voluntary […]

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Region’s customers asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 percent

  Everett, Seattle, Tacoma move to “Voluntary Stage” of water shortage plans  Puget Sound Region (Aug. 11, 2015) After unusually hot weather, the region’s all-time driest May-July and in preparation of a potentially drier-than-normal fall, Everett, Seattle and Tacoma have moved to the second stage of their water shortage response plans — voluntary reduction. The […]

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Video: Ship Canal Water Quality Project – Public invited to comment until August 24, 2015

Sewage and stormwater from many older parts of Seattle all funnels into shared pipes that lead to King County’s treatment plant in Magnolia. During heavy rains, these pipes can reach their capacity. When the pipes are too full, they can overflow into our lakes and waterways. SPU is working with King County to design and […]

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Get FREE Trees – Trees for Neighborhoods application opens online Monday, August 3 at 10 a.m.

Trees for Neighborhoods helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes to clean our air and water. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped residents plant over 5,300 trees in yards and along streets. That’s 5,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier. Participants […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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