A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Run tap water for at least 2 minutes, due to concerns about lead

April 21st, 2016 by Doree

Update Sunday: Seattle Public Utilities says two days of extensive water testing shows no lead in the water, so there’s no need to run it for two minutes before drinking.

Earlier: Seattle Public Utilities is urging customers to run tap water for two minutes if it hasn’t been used in at least six hours. The concern comes after high levels of lead were found in the water at four Tacoma homes. While the two water systems are not connected, SPU is advising that water be run for two minutes until it can assess whether its system has a similar problem.

You can read the full story on KING 5. SPU’s Twitter feed says it will have more information on its website and social media accounts soon.

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2 northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue near Fremont closed for emergency sewer repair this weekend and Monday

April 1st, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will make an emergency sewer repair in the 4200 block of northbound Aurora Avenue North on Saturday through Monday. Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday.

One northbound lane will remain open during the repair work. The left and center lanes of northbound Aurora Avenue N between N 42nd Street and N Motor Place will be closed during work hours. Traffic revisions will occur from N 39th Street through N Motor Place. SPU has scheduled most of this work over a weekend to reduce traffic congestion. Commuters can expect traffic and bus delays.

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Traffic lanes reduced on Greenwood Avenue between 84-85th streets this weekend for water work

March 25th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will be working on the water lines on Greenwood Avenue between North 84th and 85th streets this weekend.

That means traffic in each direction will be reduced, parking will be restricted, and bikes will need to merge with traffic on that block.

The west sidewalk (next to the natural gas explosion site) will remain closed, but the east sidewalk will remain open during the work.

A uniformed police officer will be onsite to direct traffic.

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Holiday info for Metro, Seattle Public Utilities

December 22nd, 2015 by Doree

King County Metro Transit will run a Sunday/holiday schedule on Friday, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. It’s also running a reduced weekday and “no UW” schedule this week and next. Be sure and check Metro’s service advisory page for route info.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and food yard waste on Christmas Day, and the South Transfer Station will be closed that day. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday.

If you subscribe to food and yard waste collection, you can put out your Christmas tree and other holiday greens on your regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10. (Multifamily buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees need to be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, and branches trimmed to less than four feet, and bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Full details on holiday composting is here.

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Holiday solid waste service and tips for reducing waste

December 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not collect garbage, recycling or food and yard waste on Friday, Dec. 25, or Jan. 1. Those collections will occur the following day (Saturday).

If you subscribe to food and yard waste collection, you can put out your Christmas tree and other holiday greens on your regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10. (Multifamily buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees need to be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, and branches trimmed to less than four feet, and bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Also, since household waste increases by about 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (adding up to one million extra tons of garbage a week nationwide), SPU has some tips to reduce waste:

1. Buy less food
Buy only what you need, if possible purchase local, in season, fresh items in smaller quantities.
2. Set up an area in your fridge for food that needs to be eaten soon
A designated box or shelf to put leftovers and food that needs to be eaten first is a good way to avoid wasting food.
3. Recycle your spent holiday lights
Do you have a pile of burned-out holiday lights? Are you replacing old holiday lights with energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights? Don’t throw out your holiday lights – recycle them! Holiday light recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them. Check online for locations.
4. Give green gifts
Avoid over-packaged gifts that need batteries or use lots of electricity. Consider crafting a gift or gifting a shared experience, like a visit to a museum or a zoo.
5. Buy well, buy once
Well-designed and constructed products that are repairable will last longer and usually save you money, even if they cost more initially.

And if you’re cleaning out your house now to make room for more stuff incoming, remember that you can even donate clothes that are ripped or stained through the Threadcycle network, which includes the Goodwill on 8th Avenue NW and NW 65th Street.

Here’s what happens to your donations:

  • 45 percent is reused as clothing either in the U.S. or other countries
  • 30 percent is converted into another item, such as a commercial wiping cloth
  • 20 percent is reprocessed into fiber used in new products, such as insulation
  • 5 percent is unable to be recycled, usually because it was wet, moldy, or contaminated with hazardous materials

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Residents advised to manage water use as city activates water shortage response plan

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

Because of historic low river levels and this summer’s heat wave, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated water shortage response plans, with the first phase asking residents to be mindful of their water use.

Seattle’s water supply outlook is fair and, like Everett, supply is projected to be adequate until fall rains typically return. With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues.

Seattle operates a regional water supply system that serves Seattle as well as 25 other cities and water districts in King County.

If conditions worsen, each city may move to the “voluntary” phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

Examples of good water management include:

• Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
• Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
• Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
• Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
• Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
• Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

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Open house on proposed Broadview sewer and drainage improvements

May 11th, 2015 by Doree

Broadview residents are invited to an open house to hear more from Seattle Public Utilities about planned sewer and drainage improvements.

The open house is from 6:30-8 pm. on Thursday, May 28, at Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. SPU staff will explain the regional sewer alternative under consideration that would involve work in Broadview and the Greenwood/Crown Hill area; share information about a new 12th Avenue NW basin drainage alternative under evaluation; and discuss the next steps for selecting preferred alternatives.

If you can’t attend, the open house materials will be posted online at the project website.

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Kickoff for ‘Save Seattle’s Apples’ is Sunday at Linden Orchard

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

City Fruit, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Greater Good Granola are joining forces for a campaign to save all the apples from neighborhood trees that go to waste. The kickoff to the “Save Seattle’s Apples” campaign is from 12-3 p.m. Sunday at Linden Orchard Park, North 67th Street and Linden Avenue in Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake.

The Save Seattle’s Apples campaign seeks to build awareness about Seattle’s urban canopy, the proper care and management of apple trees, and provide opportunities for the public to protect apples. Additionally, the project aims to reduce waste that unnecessarily ends up in the compost bin.

The kick-off event will begin with opening remarks about the goals of the campaign. Volunteers will then walk door-to-door in the Phinney neighborhood educating and assisting homeowners in protecting their apple trees from pests. The event will also feature samples from Greater Good Granola, prizes, and opportunities for the public to pledge to reduce waste.

City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.

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No solid waste collections on Jan. 1, dump also closed

December 30th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, yard waste or recycling on New Year’s Day. The South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area also will be closed (the North Station in Fremont/Wallingford remains closed for renovation). If your pickup day normally occurs on Thursday or Friday, your waste will be collected one day later this week.

Don’t forget that you can recycle your Christmas tree and holiday greens for free through Jan. 11 if you subscribe to food and yard waste collection.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Recycling and Disposal station from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 130 S. Kenyon St. The station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, other than selected holidays.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact www.HazWasteHelp.org or (206) 296-4692.

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