Seattle Public Utilities http://kplu.org en Crews Fix U-Village Water Main Break http://kplu.org/post/crews-fix-u-village-water-main-break <p>A massive water main break near the University Village Shopping Center in Seattle is fixed. Seattle Public Utilities says <a href="http://atyourservice.seattle.gov/2013/10/09/u-village-water-main-fixed/" target="_blank">it restored service</a> shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p><p>The incident began Tuesday afternoon, when a 16-inch pipe burst near the busy U Village Shopping Center, flooding streets and hampering the evening commute.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:16:02 +0000 Ed Ronco 10355 at http://kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain http://kplu.org/post/seattle-park-giant-storm-drain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent summer storms have many locals concerned about urban flooding, or fast-flowing water overwhelming storm drains.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood, outdated infrastructure led to a tragic death in 2006, but the city says the chronic flooding there should be fixed now.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9900 at http://kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek http://kplu.org/post/human-fecal-bacteria-confirmed-seattle-s-thornton-creek <p>Scientists with the city of Seattle are narrowing in on the source of polluted water that flows through the city’s largest watershed. With <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/myservices/drainagesewer/aboutthedrainagesewersystem/thorntoncreekwatershedreports/">a new study</a>, they’ve confirmed human fecal bacteria are likely entering Thornton Creek at multiple locations near Northgate and Lake City Way. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9049 at http://kplu.org Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek Climate change pushing water system upgrades http://kplu.org/post/climate-change-pushing-water-system-upgrades <p></p><p>Global climate change is a reality that few people now deny. 2012 was the warmest year on record. So what about Seattle’s water supply?&nbsp;</p><p>Managers say they need to speed up about $30-million of investment in a backup plan.</p><p>About two thirds of Seattle’s water comes from one of the most pristine sources in the nation. The<a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/"> Cedar River Watershed</a> lies in more than 90,000 acres of protected land southeast of the city, near North Bend.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:18:31 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7773 at http://kplu.org Climate change pushing water system upgrades Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council http://kplu.org/post/settlement-seattle-sewage-overflows-heads-council <p>A more efficient way to fix one of Seattle&rsquo;s most embarrassing environmental problems &ndash; that&rsquo;s the promise of a <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/news/detail.asp?ID=12784">proposed agreement</a> on meeting federal standards for clean water.</p><p>The problem is untreated sewage that flows into our lakes and other waterways after big storms.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 17:51:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5064 at http://kplu.org Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council 3 Seattle utilities employees fired over $440 http://kplu.org/post/3-seattle-utilities-employees-fired-over-440 <p>The Seattle Public Utilities agency fired three employees Friday and suspended a fourth for tampering with billing records.</p><div><p>The agency says an investigation found they waived late fees, readjusted payment periods or manipulated payment arrangements.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:50:27 +0000 The Associated Press 3337 at http://kplu.org Performance will take you into Seattle sewers and beyond! http://kplu.org/post/performance-will-take-you-seattle-sewers-and-beyond <p><em>&quot;... tell yourself lies. I&rsquo;m in a candy factory. I&rsquo;m surrounded by candy.&quot;</em></p><p>Oh, the things they&#39;ve seen: By stringing together narratives of different workers, one artist has created a show illustrating what it&rsquo;s like working in the sewers.</p><p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 2923 at http://kplu.org Performance will take you into Seattle sewers and beyond! Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard http://kplu.org/post/seattle-removes-rain-gardens-ballard <p>Just a year ago, Seattle was promoting its<a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Drainage_&amp;_Sewer/Keep_Water_Safe_&amp;_Clean/CSO/CSOReductionProjects/BallardBasin/BallardRoadsideRaingardens/index.htm"> roadside rain garden project in Ballard.</a> Now, the city is spending half a million dollars to dismantle huge sections of it.</p><p>Some neighborhood residents say, despite good intentions, the whole thing has been a fiasco. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:20:13 +0000 Paula Wissel 2552 at http://kplu.org Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard Seattle to hand out supplies in its new anti-graffiti campaign http://kplu.org/post/seattle-hand-out-supplies-its-new-anti-graffiti-campaign <p>The debate over whether graffiti is art or just plain old vandalism has been raging for decades. But if you fall in the camp that thinks it&rsquo;s a blight on society, or just your property, Seattle Public Utilities wants you to participate in its Summer Paint Out program. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:05:00 +0000 Vanessa Romo 2061 at http://kplu.org Seattle to hand out supplies in its new anti-graffiti campaign