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Archive for October, 2015

Big rain in the forecast; you can prevent clogged street drains

  SEATTLE — There’s an atmospheric river, aka a Pineapple Express, in the forecast and Take Winter by Storm is urging residents of Western Washington urban areas to adopt local street drains, to make sure they are free of leaves and debris. When the fall monsoon hits this time of year, storm drains can easily […]


Reducing water in the fall is harder, but we’re still meeting our goal

Puget Sound Region (Oct. 21, 2015) It’s getting more challenging to reduce water use, but people in Everett, Seattle and Tacoma are still meeting the region’s goal of cutting back by 10 percent. Typically, reducing lawn watering is the most effective way to cut back on water. But now that we’ve had cooler, wetter weather, lawns […]


Top Tips for Preventing Food Waste

  How much food do you throw out? The average American throws away over 200 pounds of food every year.[1] That adds up to over $40 billion worth of household food waste annually. But money isn’t the only thing we’re wasting when we toss out a mushy apple or last night’s spaghetti. We’re also throwing […]


Be Prepared for Storms—Sandbags Available from Seattle Public Utilities

Storm season is underway and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is offering a limited number of free, filled sandbags to households or business owners in flood-prone areas.  If you’ve experienced, or come close to, flooding, you may consider using sandbags. Sandbags don’t seal out water, but can help redirect the flow of water and protect property […]


Region continues to meet 10 percent water reduction goal

Puget Sound Region (Oct. 7, 2015) Fall has arrived, but consistent fall rains have not.  Everett, Seattle and Tacoma remain in the second stage of their drought response plans.  The water systems rely on fall rains to fill the reservoirs so there is enough water for people and fish.    Customers in the region have reduced […]


End of the Drought? I think Not!

Guest post by Mark Guthrie, Landscape Water Conservation Program Manager at Seattle Public Utilities In Washington, when it rains, it often pours! But that hasn’t happened yet, and the drought is not over. We’ve had some rain, but Seattle’s reservoirs have not refilled, and there are predictions that the fall, winter, and next spring may […]