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This Holiday Season, Keep Oil and Grease out of Your Pipes

If one of your first thoughts when the holidays arrive is, “Time to eat!” you’re not alone. Many of our holiday celebrations are centered around big meals with family and friends. That means a lot of cooking and baking—gravy, buttery rolls, creamy frostings, deep fried turkeys, and so many other delicious treats. Unfortunately, all this […]


Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap No Longer Allowed in the Recycling

Beginning January 1, 2020, plastic bags and plastic wrap will no longer be accepted in curbside recycling bins. Check out the Q&A below for details: Q: Why are plastic bags and plastic wrap no longer allowed in the recycling bin? A: Plastic bags and plastic wrap are the most problematic materials for recycling processors. When […]


Sewer Overflow Reaches Duwamish, people advised to avoid water activities

UPDATE, September 22, 2019, 7:30am: Public Health Seattle-King County has reopened the Duwamish to water activities like fishing after test results confirmed acceptable levels. September 20, 2019 (Seattle)- Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has responded to a sewer overflow that reached the Duwamish River. SPU and Public Health-Seattle & King County (Public Health) are warning the […]


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 […]


Help Prevent Flooding by Raking Leaves!

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 can clog street drains, causing water to back up and flood our streets and sidewalks. […]


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 […]