One of the key elements of our Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways is a nation-leading street-cleaning program. Street cleaning is one of the many programs that will benefit from proposed sewer and drainage rate increases, which are in keeping with the City Council approved six-year strategic business plan rate increases. Learn about our street cleaning program.
If you are a single family residential customer, your sewer bills are based on actual water usage during the winter period, November through April. Sewer Rates
Qualified low-income/elderly/disabled customers receive a 50 percent discount on their wastewater bill. Go to Payment Assistance Program to see if you qualify.
Seattle's drainage system is a City-wide utility. All properties contribute to the problem of runoff and benefit from the drainage system through flood control and improvement of water quality. These fees are billed as a separate line item on King County property tax statements. Drainage Rates
A side sewer is a privately owned and maintained sewer which connects the plumbing system of the building to the public sewer pipes. Learn about maintenance and dealing with backups. Your Side Sewer
Learn how to "Take Winter by Storm" and prepare for weather related emergencies, including storms, flooding and sewer back-ups. Storms & Flooding
Keep water safe and clean by preventing pollution at its source. Storm water run-off carries oil and grease, fertilizers, pesticides and other toxic chemicals that collect on our roads, rooftops and property. Pollution Prevention
Information on pollution control programs that help businesses and property owners maintain their drainage systems and keep pollutants from entering storm drains and reaching local waters. Offers best management practices, information on City stormwater requirements and how to report pollution. Pollution Control
Projects include: Madison Valley, Meadowbrook Pond, Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel, Midvale Stormwater, and many more. Drainage and Creek Projects
Fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) resulting from food preparation can build up in sewer pipes, and cause costly blockages and backups, and sewage overflows to private and public property. Get more information and a disposal guide. Fats Oils & Grease
The Creeks, Drainage and Wastewater Advisory Committee (CDWAC) members participate in review of SPU’s programs, policies and services related to surface water and wastewater utilities including water quality, stormwater, combined sewers, low impact development, urban streams, and habitat protection. Creeks, Drainage and Wastewater Advisory Committee
For emergencies, call 911
For damaging flooding, chemical spills or sewer backups, call the 24/7 Operations Response Center (206) 386-1800.
For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our Drain Report Form. A crew will respond in 3-5 business days.
Video of how to avoid costly backups.