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Record Group 7000
Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) was created in 1997 when the water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater utilities from the Engineering and Water departments were merged with the Engineering Services Division of the Engineering Department and the Customer Service Call Center and Construction Engineering Sections of City Light. SPU provides water to over 1.25 million customers in the Puget Sound region. Other services to the public include sewer, drainage, and solid waste (garbage and recycling). SPU also provides engineering and survey services to city departments. The department's outreach and education programs aim to reduce water consumption and increase recycling and composting.

Director's Records

1.6 cubic feet

Speeches, presentations, biographies and photographs of Diana Gale, the first Director of Seattle Public Utilities, including speeches on solid waste management she gave as Director of the Solid Waste Utility, 1989-1992. Also included are records of Communications and Strategic Policy staff regarding budget, water supply, water conservation, fish conservation, urban creek management and other issues, as well as SPU Asset Management Committee files.

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Communications Division Digital Photographs

389 digital image files

Photographs of Seattle Public Utilities programs, facilities, and equipment including: the Wildfire Team at the Cedar River Watershed; the Employee Resource Center; and the Clean & Green Seattle Initiative. Photographs also document work done on the Natural Systems Drainage project in High Point, Broadview, and Pinehurst, and the Street Edge Alernatives program.

7000-02 in Photograph Index
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Departmental Publications

0.4 cubic foot

Newsletters and brochures published by SPU, many of them related to issues such as solid waste, conservation, and recycling.

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Citizen Correspondence

5.0 cubic feet

Correspondence with citizens, organizations, businesses, city departments and legislators regarding service problems, utility accounts and SPU policies. Includes correspondence referred by the Mayor’s Office, City Council members and Citizens Service Bureau.

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Civic Center Digital Photographs

163 digital image files

Collection includes digital photographs representing the demolition of the former Seattle Municipal Building as well as construction of the new city hall. The construction sites of the Gates Foundation and the Seattle Justice Center are also represented. Images of the 2001 groundbreaking ceremony of the new city hall are also included, with former Mayors Paul Schell and Norm Rice pictured at the ceremony. Other images include Nisqually Earthquake damage to downtown buildings and the Lower Duwamish Superfund Site.

7001-01 in the Photograph Index


Project Records

1.6 cubic feet

Administrative project records from the Engineering Department Drainage and Wastewater Utility and the Seattle Public Utilities Resource Planning Division. Projects include the Thornton Creek Watershed Action Plan, Central Waterfront cleanup project, Elliott Bay/Duwamish Source Control Project, and Longfellow Creek project. Records include correspondence, email, grants and contract documents, reports, flow statistics, brochures and outreach material.

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Construction Engineering Digital Photographs

1368 digital image files

Photographs document engineering projects undertaken by Seattle Public Utilities including: deepening of the Chester Morse Lake outlet channel; the Lower Tolt River Floodplain Reconnection Project; expansion of the Madison Valley Stormwater Facility; seismic upgrades to the SW Myrtle Street Reservoir water tanks; and the Fremont Bridge Approach Replacement Project. Other projects represented include: Meadowbrook Pond Outfall; Broadview Sewer Replacement Preconstruction; Walsh Creek/Rock Creek Confluence Enhancement Project; State Route 519 Surface Improvements; and the Ballard Roadside Rain Gardens. Images of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and Cedar River Watershed Access Facility are included. The collection contains images of storm drainage repair, sewer replacement construction, and improvements to other city facilities and arterial roadways. Portraits of Seattle Public Utilities employees are also included.

7008-01 in Photograph Index

Science, Sustainability, and Watershed Digital Photographs

213 digital image files

Photographs document drainage and flood control facilities in Seattle including ditches and catchbasins. Also include d are images of Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center and the Lake Washington Combined Sewer Overflow (National Pol lutant Discharge Elimination System). Also included are images of fish collection and sampling at fish ladders and creeks in neighborhood s within North, South, and West Seattle neighborhoods. Some aerial images of Seattle's SoDo and Stadium District areas a nd a map of the Maple Creek Ravine are also pictured.

7009-01 in Photograph Index
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Field Operations and Maintenance Digital Photographs

41 digital image files

Weekly photographs document SPU Field Operations and Maintenance employees participating in group activities. Collection includes group staff photos and facilities such as BPA transmission lines, Cedar River maintenance crew, Lincoln Reservoir, and West Seattle Gatehouse.

7112-01 in Photograph Index