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SPU proposes to update charges for development-related services on Oct. 1, 2018

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) plans to update charges for development-related services on Oct. 1, 2018, pending the adoption of a director’s rule. SPU sets separate charges for specific services the utility performs for individual customers.

As part of SPU’s revised Strategic Business Plan, approved by City Council last year, the utility was directed to update its charges for the installation and connection of new water services (taps), to ensure the charges recover the actual costs associated with providing these services.

To increase predictability, fairness and transparency to customers, SPU also plans to update separate charges for other development-related services including water main extensions, hydrant services, drainage and wastewater core taps and others. Updating these charges will ensure that SPU is recovering the full cost and that ratepayers are not subsidizing these individual services.

These 2018 charge updates include a portion of SPU’s separate charges. A phased approach will be implemented to update the remaining separate charges. Future charge updates will be reviewed on a recurring schedule.

See more information linked below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Development Charges

Core Taps Charges

Separate Charge Revisions for SPU Services