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Archive for October, 2017

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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