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“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 […]


FAQ: Can dead batteries go in the garbage?

Answer: Yes (but wait, there’s more!) Dead alkaline batteries, including AAA, AA, C, D and 9v, can go in your curbside garbage bin. At the moment this is the only curbside disposal option for this type of battery. However, you can also recycle alkaline batteries at several Household Hazardous Waste Facilities in the Seattle area. […]


FAQ: Should I pour oil from cooked meats down the sink drain?

Answer: No. Fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) resulting from food preparation can build up in sewer pipes and cause expensive blockages, backups and sewage overflows. Sources of F.O.G. include gravy, sauces and soups, butter, milk, mayonnaise and shortening. Take a look at a pipe clogged with F.O.G. (Spoiler alert: it’s icky!) Cool it, can it, trash […]


FAQ: My shirt’s all worn out, should I toss it in the trash?

Answer: No, threadcycle it! Ripped, worn and stained clothes and linens, heavily worn shoes, and “singles” of items that are normally paired aren’t garbage anymore. Threadcycle, a joint project of King County and Seattle Public Utilities, is urging residents to take used clothing items to one of the dozens of donation locations operated by nine […]


It’s Time for Spring Clean!

City-Sponsored Community Cleanup Event Runs April–May 2016 SEATTLE — Spring is just around the corner, and so is Spring Clean, Seattle’s premier community cleanup program. Spring Clean, now in its 30th year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During Spring Clean, Seattle residents participate in activities like picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to […]

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