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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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Use Your Water Meter to Check for Leaks

Your water meter doesn’t just track the amount of water that flows into your home—it’s also a great tool for finding leaks in and around your home. Follow these easy steps to determine if you have a leak in your home or yard: Determine if you have a leak 1. Turn off all water-using appliances  […]

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Recycling in Seattle grows for 13th consecutive year

In 2016 the city recycled 439,672 tons. But there’s still room for growth For the thirteenth consecutive year, Seattle’s recycling rate continued to grow — to almost 60 percent — and the city held its place as one of the top recycling municipalities in the nation. According to a new report by Seattle Public Utilities […]

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The Cedar River Watershed

Ever wonder where your drinking water comes from? Seattle’s water is captured as rain and snowmelt in two protected mountain watersheds east of Seattle: the Cedar River Watershed and the Tolt River Watershed. The Cedar River Watershed supplies about 65% of Seattle’s water, but that’s not all it offers. The 91,000-acre watershed is rich in […]

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Smart Irrigation Month 2017!

Finally, the month you’ve been waiting for all year: It’s Smart Irrigation Month! The Irrigation Association launched Smart Irrigation Month in 2005 to increase public awareness of the value of efficient water use. It’s a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about using water wisely. Being water-wise not only saves you money […]

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