Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

What is the Difference Between Equity and Equality?

Equality and equity do not mean the same thing. Some communities have had less access to government services and economic opportunities based on race, disability and income.

As an example, “equal” means all SPU customers are eligible for a rebate program. Equity means we understand some customers cannot pay for the upfront costs of the rebate program. When we use an equity lens, we look at the complete picture of a customer or a community. We plan and focus our resources to provide real access and opportunity for all.