Seattle Public Utilities

Utilities
3:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Garbage Collection Advice From Oregon: 'Go For It'

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Harber (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Michael Armstrong, senior sustainability manager for the City of Portland, about Portland's biweekly trash program. Seattle is currently considering a proposal to reduce garbage collection to every other week.

Utility Rates
9:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.

The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers.

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Public Utilities
4:50 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Biweekly Trash Pickup: Are The Savings Worth The Stink?

The City of Seattle would save about $6.5 million by switching to the biweekly pickup schedule.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Youngstrom

Ross Reynolds talks with Suzie Burke, member of Seattle Public Utilities' Citizen Advisory Committee, about the proposal to move toward biweekly trash pickup.

Utilities
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Possible Rate Hikes For Seattle Public Utilities Customers

At the current pace, Seattle Public Utilities officials say rates could increase nearly 30 percent over the next 6 years.
Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik

Steve Scher talks with Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities, about the possible rate hikes for Seattle residents. SPU is hosting four public meetings to collect comments from the community.

Environment
3:59 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Politics Of Microhousing In Seattle

Microhousing offers affordable housing for residents in Seattle, but not without downsides.
Seattle Department of Planning and Development

David Hyde spoke with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett about microhousing, the debate over a possible Seattle City Light surcharge, and other issues facing the city.

Waste Management
10:57 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle Keeps Door Open To Biweekly Garbage Pickups

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Seattle trash pickup could be reduced to every other week by 2015 if the Seattle City Council votes on Monday to keep that option on the table for the next year.

If the action passes as expected, biweekly service won’t be definite, however: Mayor-elect Ed Murray and  council members will still need to pass the legislation early next year.

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Public Safety
6:17 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Water Main Break Shoots Up 20-Foot Geyser Near University Village

A water main break from a 16-inch pipe caused a 20-foot geyser near the University Village mall.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A large water pipe next to the University Village mall, just east of the University of Washington, erupted Tuesday afternoon, shooting a 20-foot geyser into the air and shutting down traffic at the start of rush hour.

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Trash Experiment Ends
8:54 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Seattle Ends Biweekly Trash Pickup Pilot Program

Garbage and Recycling Containers in Wedgewood.
Credit KUOW / Derek Wang

Many Seattle residents are grateful for the new year because it means that their garbage will be picked up every week. At least for now.

For the past six months, 800 Seattle households participated in a pilot program that experimented with picking up the trash every other week. The affected neighborhoods were roughly in the four corners of the city and included Wedgewood.

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Public Utilities
11:05 am
Wed November 14, 2012

A City Grows Up: Shoreline Votes To Found Own Water Utility

Last Tuesday's general election marked a decisive moment for the city of Shoreline. 70% of voters there agreed to buy water services back from the city of Seattle and create their own water utility.
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Last Tuesday's general election marked a decisive moment for the city of Shoreline: 70 percent of voters there agreed to buy water services back from the city of Seattle and create their own water utility. 

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Audit
6:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

State Auditor Wants Tighter Billing Procedures At Seattle Utilities

Washington state Auditor Brian Sonntag has issued a report citing significant deficiencies in the billing systems at Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). His report is based on annual audits by accounting firms.

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