Seattle developing plan to protect local waterways
SEATTLE —Every year, rain washes millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated stormwater into Seattle’s waterways. In 2012, this happened hundreds of times, releasing 154 million gallons of combined sewage and stormwater.
These overflows happen because many Seattle neighborhoods have a pipeline that collects both sewage from inside our homes and businesses and stormwater runoff from our roads, roofs, and other hard surfaces. When it rains, the volume of stormwater overwhelms the pipe, causing an overflow into the nearest waterway.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is working on projects to reduce these overflows and is preparing a 10-year plan to protect Seattle’s waterways. An environmental impact statement is being prepared and a 30-day public comment period on the scope of the plan will be provided May 20–June 20, 2013.
The scoping phase asks people to provide comment on the three alternatives under consideration:
More information about the alternatives and ways to provide comment are available online.
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In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.