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Guide to the Archives of the City of Seattle
Record Group 7000
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.
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.
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.
Newsletters and brochures published by SPU, many of them related to issues such as solid waste, conservation, and recycling.
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.
Digital photographs representing the demolition of the former Municipal Building and the Groundbreaking of the new City Hall in 2001.
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.
Content includes construction management organizational chart photographs.
Photographs documenting drainage and flood control facilities in Seattle including ditches and catchbasins. Also included are images of Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center; Lake Washington Combined Sewer Overflow (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System), and fish ladders and creeks in Seattle's North End.
Weekly photographs, taken during 2004, 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.