Seattle Public Utilities http://www.kplu.org en Currently A Ditch, Seattle's Longest Creek Soon To Be A Stream Again http://www.kplu.org/post/currently-ditch-seattles-longest-creek-soon-be-stream-again <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151756393&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Utility crews are about to take a busy northeast Seattle thoroughfare out of commission for six months.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But in exchange for shutting down five blocks of 35th Avenue Northeast, utilities officials say the neighborhood will get relief from chronic flooding and a very new look for the city's longest creek.</span></p><p>The north and south branches of Thornton Creek converge just east of 35th Avenue. Floodwaters often submerge sections of the street after big storms and can inundate homes, Meadowbrook Community Center and nearby Nathan Hale High School.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:14:15 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16853 at http://www.kplu.org Currently A Ditch, Seattle's Longest Creek Soon To Be A Stream Again Crews Fix U-Village Water Main Break http://www.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://www.kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain http://www.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In Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood, outdated infrastructure led to a tragic death in 2006, but the city says the chronic flooding there should be fixed now.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://www.kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek http://www.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://www.kplu.org Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek Climate change pushing water system upgrades http://www.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://www.kplu.org Climate change pushing water system upgrades Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council http://www.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://www.kplu.org Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council 3 Seattle utilities employees fired over $440 http://www.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://www.kplu.org Performance will take you into Seattle sewers and beyond! http://www.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://www.kplu.org Performance will take you into Seattle sewers and beyond! Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard http://www.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://www.kplu.org Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard Seattle to hand out supplies in its new anti-graffiti campaign http://www.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://www.kplu.org Seattle to hand out supplies in its new anti-graffiti campaign