How to Safely Help Remove Litter from Streets And Sidewalks

Many Seattle residents have been asking, “How can I help keep my neighborhood streets and sidewalks clean?” We love the enthusiasm to serve your community and city through volunteer litter pickup efforts and wanted to share some tips on how you can do so safely while we work to restart… [ Keep reading ]

Don’t Wait Another Week, Fix That Leak!

Drip. Drip. Drip. Many of us have been there. That slow drip coming from the kitchen faucet, or that toilet that keeps running. We tell ourselves, we’ll get to fixing that… someday. The truth is, according to the EPA, the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of… [ 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 ]

From Tree Tops to Sewer Drains, SPU’s Amanda Bidwell is Working to Detect & Prevent Pollution

Amanda Bidwell is a Data Scientist with the Source Control & Pollution Prevention Division, a team dedicated to working to eliminate and respond to sources of pollution that could enter the drainage system and pollute our waterways within SPU’s Drainage & Wastewater (DWW) line of business. Amanda has spent her career focusing on the environmental impacts of pollution, and in doing so,… [ Keep reading ]

Take a Virtual Field Trip to the Cedar River Watershed

At the start of the pandemic, one year ago, we had no idea what a huge impact it would have on our lives, our livelihoods, and our kids. While our normal work at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center (CRWEC) had us leading school field trips so that children could… [ Keep reading ]

A Community Organizer’s Journey to SPU: Celebrating Black History with Dee Reed

“I think we’re a divided country right now – there is so much hatred and anger. But this is also the first time in my life that I think people are trying to have a genuine conversation about race and equality.” These words from Dee Reed, Division Director for Utility… [ Keep reading ]

Due to Winter Weather, Delayed Residential Collection week of Monday, February 15, 2021

Due to winter weather conditions, there will be no residential garbage, recycling or food/yard waste pickup in Seattle today, Monday, February 15, 2021. Weather and road conditions permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume Tuesday on a revised schedule — with customers scheduled for pickup today (Monday) collected… [ Keep reading ]

Winter Weather Collection Impacts for February 2021: Updated Sunday Feb, 14

UPDATED Sunday, February 14, 2021: SPU’s North and South Transfer Stations will close today – Sunday, February, 14, 2021 – at 3pm due to winter weather and to allow for staff to get home safely. Pending winter weather conditions, stations will reopen on Monday, February 15, 2021. Update for Saturday,… [ Keep reading ]

How to Prepare for a Seattle Winter

While Seattle isn’t known for harsh winters, it never hurts to do a little preparation before temperatures dip below freezing. Follow these helpful tips and you’ll be ready to enjoy a Seattle Winter. Be Prepared: Protect Your Pipes From Freezing During colder weather, here are some good tips to help… [ Keep reading ]

Keeping Our City Clean: A Behind the Scene Look at the Clean City Division of SPU

You know when you spent your entire Saturday raking leaves only to wake up the next day, and be astonished that it looks exactly the way it did before you started? For SPU’s Clean City Division, that feeling is a familiar one. It’s not unusual for this team to pick up an old couch on the street corner, only to see a discarded broken refrigerator appear at the very… [ Keep reading ]