Water

Ensuring clean, plentiful water for people and habitats.

Seattleites can't help but think about water, it's all around us. As a shared resource, we can all help conserve and protect Seattle's water. The City of Seattle, through Seattle Public Utilities (SPU, our publicly owned waste and water utility), has been a leader in providing clean drinking water, developing innovative ways to reduce water use, lowering the amount of pollution going into our waterways and preparing for increased stormwater due to climate change.

OSE's Key Initiatives

The Office of Sustainability and Environment plays a role in the following initiatives. See the Programs & Policies page of this section for additional Water related work the City is engaged in.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Seattle will manage 700 million gallons of stormwater with green infrastructure by 2025.

Providing value and accountability to you.

Our protected watersheds and investments in treatement in reservoir covering enable Seattle Public Utilities to provide our customers with high-quality drinkng water and protect this critical resource for future needs. The communities served by SPU and its 18 water district partners are enthusiastic about conserving, knowing that our quality of life is higher and our bills are lower when we use less. Because of water-efficient fixtures, new practices in landscaping, and business and residential conservation efforts, we've been able to reduce per-person water consumption by 14 percent in the past six years, from 92.2 to just 83.6 gallons per day.

DRINKING WATERGOALPROGRESS
Taste (Scale of 1-9 with 1 being the best)* 100% of samples less than 3 on scale Met goal: Cedar: 100% Tolt: 100%
Water conservation (Seattle and regional water customers) Water demand will be no higher than in the year 2000 (averaged 148 million gallons per day (MGD)) Exceeded goal: Average water demand for 2012 was 121 MGD
% of high priority drinking water problems responded to within 1 hour 90% Met goal: 96%

see entire SPU 2012 Annual Report Card

* Flavor Rating Assessment Scale for finished (treated) water
1 = I would be very happy to accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
2 = I would be happy to accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
3 = I am sure that I could accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
4 = I could accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
5 = Maybe I could accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
6 = I don't think I could accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
7 = I could not accept this water as my everyday drinking water. 
8 = I could never drink this water. 
9 = I can't stand this water in my mouth and I could never drink it.