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Water System

The City owns its water supply system, fed by two pristine reservoirs in the Cascade Mountains. From 1910 to 1997, the Water Department oversaw the water system before its absorption by Seattle Public Utilities. The Engineering Department constructed, and the Department of Streets and Sewers managed, Seattle's drainage and sewage infrastructure from 1896 to 1936. The Engineering Department assumed sole management from 1936 to 1997 (except for the transfer of sewage treatment facilities to METRO in 1961), and Seattle Public Utilities took control in 1997.

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