Coloring a Community Vision of Seattle’s Water Future

Seattle Public Utilities has been listening to our community’s values and goals for long-term resiliency, racial and environmental justice, and personal and community well-being. It’s all part of Shape Our Water, our ongoing effort to plan for equitable and environmentally sound drainage and wastewater investments that will help take care… [ Keep reading ]

Composting Holiday Greens

Good news, Seattle residents – you can compost your Christmas trees and other holiday greens for free through January 31, 2022!  SPU customers (including apartment and condo residents) can place up to 2 trees or bundled greens next to your food & yard waste cart on each regular collection day throughout the month of January.  Here are… [ Keep reading ]

Preparing for Seattle Winter Weather

With winter weather on the way, SPU has some helpful tips for Seattle residents on how they can prepare beforehand as well as what to do during inclement weather. Seattle may not be known for severe and relentless winter weather, but from time to time, winter storms can hit. A… [ Keep reading ]

Upcoming Holiday Collection Schedule

*There will be no collection delays for Friday Customers in observance for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Friday Customers set out carts on Friday for normal collection.* With the holiday season just around the corner, we want to remind you of changes to your solid waste services for the upcoming holidays. … [ Keep reading ]

New Infrastructure Bill Investing in the Future of Water

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) applauds the recent passing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The US House of Representatives’ vote in favor of the bill follows Senate approval in August. President Biden signed the bill on Monday, November 15.  The legislation will bring meaningful investment to our nation’s transportation, energy and water systems, including more than $55… [ Keep reading ]

SPU Celebrates America Recycles Day All Week Long

This year we’re diving deep into recycling for America Recycles Day.  Kicking off on Monday, November 15th, and going through Friday, November 19th, we’ll be answering the most common questions about confusing items, dealing with hard to recycle stuff, and a few tips and tricks that can help make sorting a little easier. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,… [ Keep reading ]

Imagine A Day Without Water 2021

Water is arguably the most vital natural resources on earth. Access to reliable, clean, and safe drinking water is one of the most important facets to a city’s community and one of the key components to consider when planning for future infrastructure. For those living and working in the Seattle area, they enjoy access to some of the… [ Keep reading ]

Hygiene Trailers Hit 40,000 Mark

40,000-That’s how many showers have been taken at the hygiene (shower) trailers Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) deployed in late May 2020, soon after the pandemic began.   For perspective-a packed house watching the Mariners at T-Mobile park is about 40,000 so that’s a lot of showers!    Chris, an employee of nonprofit Uplift Northwest who helps keep the showers clean and ensures guests have what they need… [ Keep reading ]

Fallen Leaves Can Lead to Flooded Streets

Fall is here and with it brings all the things we love about the change of seasons including the return of the pumpkin spice latte (yes please!), crisp autumn hikes, spooky pumpkin carving, and enjoying the changing colorful landscape of the pacific northwest as the leaves provide a beautiful show… [ Keep reading ]

Puget Sound Cities Launch Adopt-A-Drain

The community-based program will help keep street drains clear of leaves and debris to prevent local neighborhood flooding. Wet weather has arrived, and Seattle and six other Puget Sound Cities are joining forces to encourage their residents to adopt a local storm drain. Drain adopters can sign up to keep… [ Keep reading ]