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Rake Leaves to Help Prevent Flooding!

Free Extra Yard Waste Pickup in November Fallen leaves can be fun—who can resist jumping into a giant pile of crisp, colorful leaves?—but they can also contribute to unwelcome flooding in our neighborhoods. During the stormy fall season, leaves can clog street drains, causing water to back up and flood our streets and sidewalks. Rake […]

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SPU Who: Get to know the people behind your utility

 This Week’s Profile: Logan Lexow  Meet Logan Lexow. Logan has been with SPU for four years, as a Lead worker in the Drainage and Wastewater line of business.   Logan was working on motorcycles when a friend who worked at SPU encouraged him to consider applying to one of SPU’s apprenticeship programs. “I was at my peak working on motorcycles,” says Logan, “and […]

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Can’t Afford to Pay Your Utility Bill in Full? There are Options that Can Help.

It’s no secret that many lives have been impacted by the affects of COVID-19, both personally and financially. Across the country, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills in full, adding more stress to an already extraordinarily trying time making it harder to afford essential services. At SPU, we want our rate payers to […]

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Imagine A Day Without Water

Did you know that they average person uses an estimated 80-100 gallons of water per day? That’s about the same as one standard bathtub filled to the top! SPU customers have access to some of the country’s cleanest, best tasting water and it all starts high in the Cascade Mountains. With just the turn of […]

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Waste-Free Community Grant Recipients 2020-21

As a national leader in waste prevention, Seattle Public Utilities is committed to supporting community-led efforts to create less waste and bring us all closer to a Zero Waste future. We developed the Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant to support community and business leadership and innovation around preventing waste, increasing community access to waste prevention benefits […]

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SPU Who: Get to know the people behind your utility

This Week’s Profile: Samantha Menathy Meet Samantha Menathy, Project Manager in Drainage & Wastewater with SPU. Samantha came to SPU in early 2014 and is with the same team she’s currently in now.   When she’s not on the clock, Samantha stays busy by spending time with Theodore (Teddy, to his friends), her 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier. They like […]

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Have Fun & Raise Awareness with Storm Drain Stenciling

With many volunteer roles being put on hold due to the health crisis, it can be a struggle to find safe ways to to give back and help our communities. One way we can help is through storm drain stenciling. How does a stencil help? Stenciling storm drains helps to bring awareness to our friends […]

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Project Spotlight: South Park Pump Station

Seattle Public Utilities began construction in late August on the new South Park Pump Station, to improve chronic flooding and drainage issues in the northern industrial area of Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. This area experiences chronic flooding for a few main reasons: Stormwater can’t drain during high tideSouth Park is located along the Lower Duwamish […]

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SPU Who: Get to know the people behind your utility

This Week’s “Who”: Jerry Waldron Meet Jerry Waldron, the first participant in SPU’s new series, SPU Who. Jerry has been with SPU since 2012 and is currently wearing many hats as the Interim Construction Management Director, Drainage & Wastewater Project Management Manager, as well as the Skills & Knowledge Transfer Advisor for SPU (try fitting […]

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Hygiene Resources for City’s Most Vulnerable During Covid-19

City to Relocate Hygiene Station from Closed Waterfront to Accessible Location for Unhoused Clients  Clients Have Taken More Than 6,300 Showers at City’s Two Shower Trailers   For many of us, access to water and basic hygiene is something we never really think about. We turn on our faucets, reach for the soap and lather up. But for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, access to hand washing […]

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Why Do We Say Puget Sound Starts Here?

Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month this September by learning more about this unique natural resource & while you’re at it, take our quiz to test your knowledge & receive a free 12-month subscription to Chinook Book! Puget Sound is an area we all call home. Did you know that it’s both a region and a body of […]

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