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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 […]


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,” […]


FAQ: What are common watering systems and how do I use them?

A: Three common watering systems are watering wands, automatic irrigation, and soaker hoses. Watering wands are used for individual plants or small garden beds, while automatic irrigation systems are used for larger lawn or garden areas that require regular watering. Soaker hoses are used for food gardens and new trees. Are you having trouble getting your garden and plants […]


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 […]

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