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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 […]


July 4 Solid Waste Service Updates

Seattle Public Utilities’ North Transfer Station in Wallingford will be closed on Thursday, July 4 to help ease traffic congestion from the 4th of July event at Gasworks Park.  Residential solid waste collection will remain on normal schedule (this means Thursday customers should put their containers out as usual), and the South Transfer Station will […]


Project Spotlight: Swale on Yale

For many of Seattle Public Utilities’ projects, there’s often more benefit than meets the eye. Such is the case for the Swale on Yale project, a green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) project started in 2012 and now in its second phase. At first glance, the project’s garden-like swales, built on the 300 and 400 blocks of […]


How to Safely Dispose of Fireworks

If you choose to use fireworks in a region that allows them,* please keep the following disposal tips in mind: Used fireworks If disposed of improperly, used fireworks can pose a danger to employees who handle trash at local transfer stations. Make sure used fireworks are completely burned out and cooled down by submerging them […]


Golden Gardens Beach Closed to Water Activities Due to Sewer Overflow

UPDATE: July 1, 2019Golden Gardens is back open! Based on the most recent water tests, conditions have improved greatly and the water at Golden Gardens beach is now safe for contact. SPU crews removed “Closed” signs in the early afternoon of July 1. UPDATE: June 28, 2019Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle/King County Public Health are […]


Top Takeaways From the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Seattle has some of the best water in the nation—water that is fresh, safe and tastes great. Each year we send a Drinking Water Quality Report to every residential mailing address in Seattle, so that you can learn what makes our city’s water so great. As always, this year’s report contains water quality testing results, […]


Project Spotlight: Pump Station 43 Emergency Force Main Replacement Project

Just west of the Ballard Locks, nearly 50 feet below the floor of the Ship Canal, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) recently installed a new sewer force main to bring flows from the north side of the waterway to the south to be discharged into the King County Lawton Tunnel and ultimately conveyed to King County’s […]