A newly-restored creek mouth in south Seattle creates a much-needed rest stop for young Chinook salmon along the Lake Washington shoreline. Young salmon need shallow shorelines and small creek mouths where they can eat and rest as they migrate from the Cedar River to Puget Sound through Lake Washington. But over the years, many creeks […]
Posted: May 21st, 2015 under At Your Service.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be RainWise? Seattle Public Utilities released short video interviewing participants in the SPU and King County’s RainWise program. Customers share their experiences and explain the number of community benefits rain gardens bring to their community. The RainWise rebate program covers up to 100 percent of the cost for installing […]
Posted: May 18th, 2015 under At Your Service.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said today there are no plans at this time to raise drinking water rates in the event conservation efforts, prompted by a statewide drought, cause a decline in Utility revenues. Earlier this year, Seattle City Council adopted a two-year plan that holds water rate increases to 1.7 percent for 2016 and […]
Posted: May 15th, 2015 under At Your Service.
A crew-member monitors closed-circuit TV (CCTV) footage from a van parked at a worksite. CCTV is a cost-effective way to inspect sewer pipes and identify problem areas. Sewers are one of the most expensive infrastructures to install and rehabilitate. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are an economical way to monitor pipe conditions and spot blockages before catastrophic events […]
Posted: May 8th, 2015 under At Your Service.
Find out how Seattle Public Utilities is working to protect our waterways so the city continues to be an amazing place to live. SPU maintains the city’s vast network of sewage and drainage systems and have a number of programs and capital improvement projects designed to protect water quality. By 2021, SPU plans to complete […]
Posted: May 5th, 2015 under At Your Service.
Seattle Public Utilities’ annual Spring Clean event attracted over 600 volunteers to clean up the Chinatown-International District this last weekend. Volunteers painted out graffiti, picked-up litter, made improvements to community gardens, and painted storefronts. Volunteers included C-ID residents, Seattle City Year Corps, Asian Pacific Community Leadership Foundation, Comcast employees and 21 different community organizations. The […]
Posted: April 30th, 2015 under At Your Service.
What is a rain garden? Rain gardens can be thought of as a personal water quality system – a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in your landscape to receive polluted runoff from hard surfaces such as a roof, a sidewalk or driveway. Rain gardens slow down […]
Posted: April 24th, 2015 under At Your Service.
No Composting Fines! The city’s new food waste composting program, launched in January, is way ahead of schedule and is on track this year to recycle about 19,000 additional tons of organic material, equal to 380 rail cars, that otherwise would go to a landfill. The program has been very successful to date and in […]
Posted: April 22nd, 2015 under At Your Service.
Protecting Seattle and the Earth Together We can do more together for the Earth than on our own. A unique partnership between SPU and SDOT is the foundation for one of the most cost effective ways to protect our local water bodies from pollution: street sweeping. Metals from vehicle brake pads, tires, engines and organic compounds from […]
Posted: April 20th, 2015 under At Your Service.
Celebrate the 45th Earth Day in Seattle by participating in these upcoming events to help make our Earth a better place to live. There are a number of service projects, tours, nature walks, tree plantings, family events and other outdoor opportunities to get out and celebrate. Carkeek Park – April 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. […]
Posted: April 17th, 2015 under At Your Service.