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Community Collection, Compost & Special Events: Fall 2019

Community Collection Events – Recycling & Reuse Do you have appliances, household goods, clothes, or electronics taking up space in your home? Drop them off for free at a Community Recycling and Reuse event! Items in good condition will be donated for reuse and others will be recycled.  Don’t forget to look at the list […]


How Meter Readers Read Your Meter (and what you can do to help)

Seattle Public Utilities’ 23 meter readers work hard to ensure that each residential water meter in Seattle and parts of King County is read 6 times per year in order to provide timely and accurate water bills to our customers. That requires each meter reader walking an average of 4 miles every day to cover […]


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, fallen leaves from can blog street drains, causing water to back up and flood our streets and sidewalks. Luckily, you can help prevent clogged […]


Project Spotlight: Fremont to Queen Anne Water Main Replacement

If you’ve biked the Burke-Gilman Trail through Fremont lately, or visited West Ewing Mini Park in Queen Anne, you’ve probably noticed a lot of construction activity next to the Ship Canal. In fall 2018, SPU began construction on the Fremont to Queen Anne Water Main Replacement project—a new 24-inch drinking water “feeder” main in a […]


New and Improved Online Payment Experience

Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light are always looking ways to make life easier for our customers. Today we are excited to announce a new and improved online payment experience. With a better user interface, better accessibility and new ways to get notified of your bill, managing your billing online is easier than ever! […]


Enhancing Racial Equity by Partnering with Youth

Last week we welcomed 20 youth interns to the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) team. The interns are part of the Seattle Youth Employment Program, a City of Seattle program that promotes work readiness and introduces young people ages 16-22 years old to career opportunities through paid internships for young people in our community who are […]


Focusing on Equity to Plan for Our Urban Forest’s Future

Seattle’s urban forest is a treasure. The trees throughout our city clean the air and water, make our streets pedestrian-friendly, calm traffic in residential areas, lower our stress hormones, shape and shade our neighborhoods, slow stormwater runoff, sequester carbon, cool heat islands, and so much more. The urban forest is both essential to and created […]


July 4 Solid Waste Service Updates

Seattle Public Utilities’ North Transfer Station in Wallingford will be closed on Thursday, July 4 to help ease traffic congestion from the 4th of July event at Gasworks Park.  Residential solid waste collection will remain on normal schedule (this means Thursday customers should put their containers out as usual), and the South Transfer Station will […]


Project Spotlight: Swale on Yale

For many of Seattle Public Utilities’ projects, there’s often more benefit than meets the eye. Such is the case for the Swale on Yale project, a green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) project started in 2012 and now in its second phase. At first glance, the project’s garden-like swales, built on the 300 and 400 blocks of […]


How to Safely Dispose of Fireworks

If you choose to use fireworks in a region that allows them,* please keep the following disposal tips in mind: Used fireworks If disposed of improperly, used fireworks can pose a danger to employees who handle trash at local transfer stations. Make sure used fireworks are completely burned out and cooled down by submerging them […]