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Seattle Public Utilities Vault Preserves City’s Infrastructure History

On the 47th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower lies a treasure trove of history, but it’s not what one might expect. It’s the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Engineering Records Center, known as the “Vault.” Under the charge of Supervisor Geoffrey Brown and his team of experts, the Vault is… [ Keep reading ]

Working on Thanksgiving: How SPU Shows Up for Seattle

“When I go home, I know I’ve done something beneficial.” —Pete Blunk, SPU Water Systems Operator It meant missing one of the most traditional holidays in the nation and a bounty of home-cooked Thanksgiving food. For employees of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) who worked this year on the holiday, the… [ Keep reading ]

Meet SPU’s Summer and Year-Long Interns for 2023

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) strives to be the best place to work in the city. Part of that involves offering internships so individuals can have career pathways to work with and learn from SPU’s 1,400 employees who serve the public every day. SPU careers include testing water, laying pipe, building… [ Keep reading ]

Getting the Right Part Out at the Right Time

The concrete wall facing Airport Way South fades into the surrounding SODO neighborhood so easily that some people might miss what’s behind it. The best hints: A silver water fountain – shaped a bit like a pretzel – and the words “Seattle Public Utilities” emblazoned in a corner of an… [ Keep reading ]

Phong Tang, a Water Meter Reader, Represents SPU and Builds Community

Clare McFrazier, a Strategy and Planning Advisor with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), recently spent time with her colleague, Phong Tang, to learn about his work in Seattle neighborhoods. McFrazier and Tang are part of SPU’s Customer Care Division. On Wednesday, May 3, I had the opportunity to job shadow with… [ Keep reading ]

Make the Cedar River Watershed your Home Office – Apply to Join our Watershed Protection Team

Check out this beautiful place. Now, imagine if this was your home office four days per week from sunrise to sunset. This is the Cedar River Watershed – just 35 miles east of Seattle – and if you have dreams of spending hours in a nature-filled environment while getting paid… [ Keep reading ]

Help Your Utility Move Toward a Progressive Future

SPU’s Customer Review Panel (CRP) is seeking new members for July 2022 appointment. Applications are due May 9, 2022. CRP members participate with SPU leadership provide advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the Utility’s strategic plan and rates. CRP members bring expertise in community, with different professional… [ Keep reading ]

Storm Drain Stenciling Volunteers Raise Awareness While Reducing Pollution

With many volunteer opportunities put on pause during the health crisis, it can be a challenge to find active and safe ways to stay connected and give back to our communities. One way you can help is through preventing pollution with storm drain stenciling with Seattle Public Utilities.   How does a stencil help? Stenciling storm drains helps to bring awareness to our friends and… [ Keep reading ]

Join the Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Looking for a way to get involved in your community and have a voice in government? Want to help shape Seattle’s recycling, compost, and disposal services and move towards Zero Waste? Then we want YOU as a member of Seattle Public Utilities’ Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)! Apply NOW to join SWAC… [ Keep reading ]

Taking Community Centered to a Whole New Level: How Sam Keller is Helping Her Neighbors During COVID

One year ago, this month, our collective lives changed dramatically. Daily life as we knew it suddenly shut down, or rather, locked down, as the COVID-19 virus arrived in the Seattle area. For many, going to work turned into orders to stay at home. Those whose jobs necessitated working in… [ Keep reading ]