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This Holiday Season, Keep F.O.G. Out of Your Pipes

If one of your first thoughts when the holidays arrive is, “Time to eat!”—you’re not alone. Many of our holiday celebrations are centered around big meals with family and friends. That means a lot of cooking and baking—gravy, pies, buttery rolls, deep fried turkeys, and so many other delicious treats. Unfortunately, all this cooking and […]

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SPU Watershed Protection Staff Protects More Than Just Our Drinking Water

The Seattle Public Utilities Watershed Protection staff doesn’t just protect the safety of the water you drink—they also protect your safety. In order to provide 1.4 million customers in Seattle and surrounding areas with clean, safe drinking water, Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) mountain watersheds are closed to the public*. This means no agricultural, industrial, residential, […]

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Free extra yard waste collection for Seattle customers in November

Rake leaves from drains to prevent flooding and set out for free pick up during November. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is providing free extra yard waste pick up for household customers from November 1-30, 2017. SPU provides this benefit to encourage residents to help keep storm drains clear of fallen leaves. Fallen leaves can block […]

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Free Sandbags for Flood-Prone Areas

Storm season is underway and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is offering a limited number of free, filled sandbags to households or business owners in flood-prone areas.  If you’ve experienced, or come close to, flooding, you may want to consider using sandbags. Sandbags don’t seal out water, but can help redirect the flow of water and […]

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How Meter Readers Read Your Meters

Take a look inside your water meter box. You may discover piles of dirt, standing water, plants, cobwebs, and more. With all these obstacles, can a meter reader can actually read your meter well enough to make sure the bi-monthly bills you receive accurate? The short answer is: yes! Seattle Public Utilities’ 23 meter readers […]

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“Sharps” program collected 32,012 needles in first 15 months

SEATTLE—In its first 15 months of operation, Seattle Public Utilities’ pioneering Sharps Collection Pilot Program has collected and safely disposed of 32,012 hypodermic syringes, improving both the safety and cleanliness of the city’s neighborhoods. Since February, people disposed of 26,647 syringes in nine SPU sharps disposal boxes around Seattle. Another 5,365 needles have been removed […]

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Storm Season is Here: Time to Rake Your Drains!

After months of sunny skies, the rain has arrived and storm season is upon us. Cue the rain and wind! This time of year, storm drains can easily become overwhelmed with fallen leaves and the summer’s accumulated street debris, resulting in backed up gutters and drains, and localized flooding. In Seattle, there are about 80,000 […]

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Private sewer overflow at Magnuson Park

UPDATE 10/5/17: SPU has reopened the beach areas at Magnuson Park. Water quality samples indicated normal bacterial levels. Seattle & King County Public Health advised that it is safe to reopen the beach and to suspend any further sampling. 10/4/17: This morning, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater was dispatched to a sewer overflow […]

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Don’t Flush Trash

When it comes to what you can and can’t flush down the toilet, it’s straightforward: human waste and toilet paper only. Out of sight, out of mind? Not quite. It may seem convenient to flush your wipes and dental floss down the toilet, but that decision can cause you a headache down the road. Anything […]

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Head Back to School with a Waste-Free Lunch

It’s back-to-school time, which means your kids’ backpacks have pulled out of the closet and filled with trapper keepers, Yikes! pencils, Pee Chee folders, and five or six of those sweet RSVP pens that you can pass notes in. Ok, clearly I went to school in the 90’s. Things have probably changed a bit since […]

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