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Help Seattle Become a Waste-Free City!

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) invites people who live in Seattle to take our Waste Prevention Survey for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. The survey is one of many ways we are gathering input from the community to shape our new Waste Prevention Plan. Sharing your perspectives… [ Keep reading ]

2024 Proposed Budget – SPU Highlights

Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell is releasing the 2024 Proposed Mid-Biennial Budget. This budget reflects Mayor Harrell’s continued commitment to, and investment in, bold actions that address the urgent needs of our communities and advance our One Seattle priorities. Mayor Harrell’s proposal continues work initiated in the 2023 Adopted Budget to invest in… [ Keep reading ]

1.5 Million People Asked to Use Less Water to Stretch Region’s Water Supply

The top ways to save water right now are to stop watering your lawn, take shorter or fewer showers, and fix leaks right away, especially running toilets. While Seattle may be known for its rainy weather, the last few months have been anything but wet in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, the region has experienced an unprecedented stretch of dry weather. Find more ways to reduce your water use at or download our water-saving tips flyer.

Meet SPU’s New Solid Waste Advisory Committee Members

Seattle Public Utilities is excited to announce the appointment of four new community volunteers to our Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). SWAC is an advisory body whose members provide recommendations and advice to SPU regarding solid waste management projects, programs, and policies. Its 13 members represent diverse interests and contribute… [ Keep reading ]

Water is a Precious, Shared Resource

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve had an unusually dry spring and early summer this year. Based on current conditions and modeling, we anticipate Seattle’s regional water system will have sufficient water supply for people and fish this summer—and SPU customers aren’t included in the recent state-wide drought advisory. This is… [ 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 ]

Celebrate Plastic Free July with SPU Solid Waste!

This summer, Seattle Public Utilities Solid Waste Division and our partners are taking part in an international campaign called Plastic Free July. You might be asking yourself, what is Plastic Free July (PFJ) and how do I get involved? PFJ is an annual and ongoing global movement to encourage everyone… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrate the Fourth of July safely! SPU Holiday Closure & How to Safely Dispose  Summer Items 

Welcome to summer! This is a note to our customers about the North Transfer Station closure for July 4th as well as how to properly dispose of summer celebration items. Seattle Public Utilities’ North Transfer Station in Wallingford will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 to help ease traffic… [ Keep reading ]

Ship Canal Water Quality Project Reached a Major Milestone!

The Ship Canal Water Quality Project has been under construction since late 2018. On June 15 at 10:18 am, the project reached a major milestone – our 18-foot diameter tunnel boring machine, MudHoney, completed tunneling all 13,946 feet from Ballard to Wallingford! We couldn’t actually see MudHoney exit because the… [ 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 ]