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Greener Holidays – Celebrate the Season in Sustainable Style

Happy holidays from Seattle Public Utilities! While this time of the year is full of generosity and gratitude, there is also a lot of unnecessary waste. Did you know that on average, people in the U.S. produce 25% more waste during this time of year? Between presents, packaging, and those… [ Keep reading ]

SPU’s Toy Drive Brings Holiday Joy to Filipino Community of Seattle

Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) and Logistics Branch recently brought the joy of the season to the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS). Tara Wong-Esteban, DWW’s System Management Division Director, along with colleagues Jonathan Batara and Adam Bernstein, delivered toys donated by employees to FCS on December 7…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s water supply bounces back to normal 

1.5 Million Customers No Longer Asked to Use Less Water In 48 hours, at the height of last week’s atmospheric river, a whopping 4.4 billion gallons of water dumped over Seattle’s regional drinking water reservoirs in the Cascade Mountains. “That’s a lot of water,” said Julie Crittenden, Water Planning and… [ 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 ]

Latest storms help reservoir levels get closer to normal while water use hovers above 100 mgd

The mountain watersheds feeding Seattle’s regional water supply reservoirs received rain over the weekend, which is good news. The recent rainfall continues to help Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) replenish the drinking water supply for its 1.5 million customers. The combined total storage in our reservoirs is at 78 percent of… [ Keep reading ]

Sneak Peek: SPU’s 2024 Legislative Agenda

With Washington State’s 2024 Legislative Session fast approaching, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is gearing up to advocate for funding and legislation that supports affordability, protects the environment by reducing waste and pollution, and increases community resiliency. Beginning on January 8, 2024, the legislature will convene for 60 days to pass… [ Keep reading ]

Reservoir Levels Up, Usage Down as Water Supply Conditions Improve Over Last 30 Days

Seattle’s regional water supply conditions have improved in the past 30 days and that’s good news for the water planners at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). “While we still need customers to voluntarily reduce their water use, our mountain reservoirs are beginning to slowly refill and that helps me sleep better… [ Keep reading ]

Prepare for this Season’s High Tides

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) plans for cold and wet weather. This preparation is critical to ensuring that your drainage, wastewater, drinking water, and solid waste services are sustained through inclement weather or, if they can’t be, that you know what to do. For more information about preparing for wet and… [ Keep reading ]

Working with Recology to Handle Special Solid Waste Customer Requests After Cyber Incident

On November 2, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) was notified by its solid waste contractor, Recology, about a cyber security incident it experienced involving its routing and customer information system. SPU is working closely with Seattle IT and Recology to understand the extent of the incident and whether any customer information… [ Keep reading ]

Winter Holiday Waste Collection Schedule for 2023 

With the holiday season just around the corner, we wanted to share an important reminder to customers about our services. Garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste will not be collected on the following upcoming holidays : On those days, and for the remainder of the week, service will be delayed one day…. [ Keep reading ]