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Seattle City Council to consider 3-year solid waste rate plan

Proposal would increase garbage rates by an average of 4.4 percent annually SEATTLE — In keeping with Seattle Public Utilities’ long-term strategic business plan, the Seattle City Council Tuesday will consider a rate path for solid waste services — garbage, recycling, composting — which would raise residential and commercial charges by an average of 4.4 […]


FAQ: How often and how much should I water in the summer?

A: That’s a tricky question. There are no hard and fast rules for watering (it depends on the soil, type of plant, weather, and other factors) but a quick and easy tip is to check your soil. Use your hand or a trowel to dig a couple inches down into the soil to see if it […]


Register for a free Auto Leaks Class!

Every year, oil and other automotive fluids find their way to Puget Sound and other waterways where they pose a risk to wildlife and habitats. Seattle Public Utilities’ Automotive Maintenance Program wants to help you make sound choices. Attend a FREE Auto Leaks Workshop and have your car inspected by a certified expert, learn how to fix […]


FAQ: How do I use water wisely and still maintain a healthy lawn?

A: Incorporate the natural lawn care and wise watering tips below to keep your lawn healthy—even in the hot summer months.     Water deeply, but less frequently. When you water, make sure you moisten the whole root zone. Then, let the soil dry between waterings; this will prevent lawn disease and save water. Lawns only need about one […]


“Water” you doing to conserve water?

Using water wisely saves you money on your utility bill, but that’s not all! By conserving water you play a vital role in keeping our environment healthy. Is conservation important to you? The Saving Water Partnership (SWP)—Seattle Public Utilities and its 18 water utility partners—wants to know! Take our water conservation survey and enter to win […]


July is Smart Irrigation Month ($100 Rebates Available!)

We know what you’re thinking. Smart Irrigation Month? What’s next, Iced Tea Month? (Actually, yes, that exists.) Or Horseradish Month? (Yes, that exists, too.) SPU believes Smart Irrigation Month is one theme month worth paying attention to. The Irrigation Association launched Smart Irrigation Month in 2005 to increase public awareness of the value of efficient […]


FAQ: Why is my water discolored (and what can I do about it)?

A: There are a few possible reasons why your water is discolored.  No one is pleased to turn on their tap and see yellow, orange, reddish, or brown water come out. The problem is sometimes seen after periods of low water use or as a result of sediment in your hot water tank. Sudden discoloration […]


FAQ: How do I discard bulky items like mattresses?

Answer: Request a bulky item pick up! We all know moving can be a drag. After the physical and mental toll of packing and unpacking, no one has the energy to think of what to do with the items that didn’t make the cut. It’s tempting to leave discarded furniture, mattresses, and/or appliances at your […]


Earth Day Clean-Up Events Happening This Weekend!

This year Earth Day falls on Friday, but events are not limited to one single day. There are numerous events scheduled throughout Seattle, ranging from work parties to family nature classes. Here are a few events happening this weekend: Friday, April 22 Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail Restoration work party at Burke-Gilman Trail from 9 […]


FAQ: What can I do to make spring cleaning more green?

Answer: You’ve got options! There are many great cleaners that both help the environment and are tough on removing messes. By using these products we can better maintain our health and reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the storm drain. A good first step to cleaning green is to swap your normal household cleaner […]

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