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Keep Trash Out of Toilet

Did you know that so-called “flushable” wipes and other trash are causing serious plumbing and sewer problems across the city? FACT: Toilet paper is the only product, besides human waste, that breaks down when it’s flushed. Everything else (yes, everything!) can cause expensive clogs and backups, and wreaks havoc on the city’s sewer system. KEEP […]


City Council approves Strategic Business Plan

The Seattle City Council voted today, August 11, to approve Seattle Public Utilities’ Strategic Business Plan. The plan sets the utilities’ rate path and service levels for the next six years, from 2015 through 2020. Learn more about our Strategic Business Plan at  


Free Toilets for Eligible Customers

Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with Minor Home Repair, is providing free toilets and installation for income-qualified homeowners. For example, a family of four earning less than $4,905 per month may qualify. Homes must be located in Seattle and have existing toilets installed before 2004. For more information, call 206-448-5751 or go to


The Source: A Story of Seattle`s Tap Water

Over half the world`s population does not have safe, clean reliable drinking water. Seattle is fortunate we have the Cedar River Watershed. But global climate change is effecting us all.   Watch The Source: A Story of Seattle`s Tap Water and learn more about our precious local resource.


Paint out graffiti this summer. It’s not too late!

It’s not too late to Join Summer Paint Out and fight graffiti in your neighborhood. The City of Seattle supports volunteers – groups and individuals – with FREE paint (white-brown-gray), rollers, brushes, scrapers and gloves. Sign up today at, or call 206-233-7187. Not Able to Paint Out? Sign a waiver and give volunteers and community groups that […]


Don’t Flush Trouble! Use the Trash Not the Toilet

The label might say “flushable,” but disposable wipes and other products are clogging our sewer lines and damaging pumps and other equipment. Not only are these problems expensive to fix, they can also cause raw sewage overflows into homes, businesses and local waterways. So, think trash, not toilets! Watch a Seattle Public Utilities crew clear […]


Stop Unwanted Junk Mail

U.S. households get a combined 85 BILLION pieces of junk mail every year! Often our mailboxes overflow with unwanted catalogs and advertisements. You can stop junk mail by visiting and signing up for the City of Seattle’s FREE opt-out service, managed by Catalog Choice. Sign up today to join more than 27,000 Seattle households and […]


Help Rainier Beach’s Trees Grow!

Come join us. Volunteer to help improve the trees around the Rainier Beach Sound Transit Station. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. RSVP to participate. What: Rainier Beach Sound Transit Station Tree Work Party! Where: Meet at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King […]


Planning for a Better Future – Join Us Tonight in North Seattle

Seattle Public Utilities has finalized a proposed Strategic Business Plan. The proposed plan will determine Seattle Public Utilities’ future business direction and how we serve our customers through 2020. Come learn more about the proposed plan at four public meetings this July. We also want to hear how we can partner with our customers – […]


Free Trees for Neighborhoods

Seattle reLeaf will soon be opening the application process for its Trees for Neighborhoods program – Monday, August 4 at 10 a.m. – where households can receive up to four free trees. The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has planted over 4,000 trees […]