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Seattle’s water is safe to drink

Recent news stories discussed a report by The Environmental Working Group (EWG) that said the chemical compound Hexavalent chromium (chromium(VI), Cr(VI), chromium 6) has been detected in water supplies for most U.S. cities, including Seattle. Seattle’s water—and the water Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides to other local water utilities—is safe to drink. SPU tested for […]

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Food Waste Prevention: “Love Food, Stop Waste” Program

Food waste is a significant problem. Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The good news is that we can implement changes that can make a big difference. During the month of September, SPU will be featuring tips to […]

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Food Waste Prevention: Use It

Food waste is a significant problem. Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The good news is that we can implement changes that can make a big difference. During the month of September, SPU will be featuring tips to […]

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Traffic Advisory: Sewer bypass equipment in traffic lane near I-5 S on-ramp at Mercer

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) emergency repair crew responded to an overflow near the on-ramp to I-5 Southbound at Mercer Street Friday, Sept. 2. A bypass and pump system is in place and traffic is moving in one lane around the equipment. SPU anticipates the bypass equipment will be in place through Friday, Sept. 16, while […]

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Normal Solid Waste Collection Schedule on Labor Day

Seattle garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste collections will be on normal schedule for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Seattle Public Utilities customers should place their containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Customers can report a missed garbage, recycling, or food and yard waste collection after 6 p.m. on the day it […]

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FAQ: How can I speed up my yard waste composting process?

A: The secret to faster yard waste composting is to maintain your pile’s moisture level. Composting is a great way to reduce waste and keep your soil healthy! Adding organic matter to your soil helps balance pH levels (finished yard waste compost is neutral which helps improve our naturally acidic NW soil) and provides plants with nutrients. Below […]

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Water and Wildlife: The Cedar River Watershed

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Take a look at the picture to the left. Stunning, isn’t it? The City of Seattle’s Cedar River Municipal Watershed supplies clean drinking water to over 1 million people in the greater Seattle area. Safe, high quality drinking water is one of our priorities here at […]

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FAQ: Are pesticides the only effective option to avoid pests and weeds?

A: No! Natural pest and weed control methods are just as effective. Whether you’re a novice or expert gardener, pests and weeds can be a source of frustration. Pesticides are marketed as a powerful resource for your garden troubles, but their power can quickly become harmful. Overuse of pesticides can cause soil and plant damage, poison wildlife […]

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FAQ: Whoa! Why is my utility bill so high?

A: The culprit could be an unknown leak, or overuse of water and solid waste services. Paying bills is task that has unanimous agreement—it’s not fun. If your bill is higher than normal use the guide below to help you figure out what is going on and how to address it. Eek, leaks! Leaks are sneaky. Even a small leak […]

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Murray appoints new Seattle Public Utilities Director

Mayor Ed Murray today announced his appointment for the Director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Mami Hara. Hara is an experienced utility executive and planner. “Mami brings a strong foundation of public and private sector leadership to the City, along with a commitment to advancing equitable and sustainable cities through collaboration and thoughtful infrastructure investment,” […]

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