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November 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Concrete-blocked sewer prolongs work on Aurora Avenue North

Looking forward to the end of the Aurora Avenue North construction? Not so fast. For a second time, utility crews in the boomingest part of Seattle have found concrete in the sewage pipes while performing emergency repairs. This time, the site is Aurora Avenue North — where Seattle Public Utilities closed one general-traffic lane in each direction…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: road closure, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities

November 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Some Aurora Ave. lanes west of Lake Union closed Tues-Fri

One lane in both directions of Aurora Avenue in Seattle’s Westlake neighborhood will be closed Tuesday through Friday while crews perform emergency sewer repair between Ward and Comstock streets. Motorists should expect construction delays and use alternate routes when possible, SPU said. The inside northbound and southbound lanes lanes of Aurora Avenue, in that area, will close at…

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February 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Murray shelves every-other-week garbage collection

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today said he wouldn’t go forward with plans to reduce garbage pickup to every other week. Murray said the the program would create a hardship for some families and that the potential rate savings to customers of just 8 percent wasn’t enough to offset the 50 percent cut in collection. The city’s recent…

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Comments | Topics: garbage service, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Public Utilities

February 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Former city employee ordered to pay $500,000-plus in restitution

A former Seattle Public Utilities employee who embezzled $1.1 million from the utility was ordered today to repay more than $500,000 to the city’s insurance company to fully cover what he stole from taxpayers. Joseph Phan, 47, pleaded guilty last year to 67 counts of first-degree theft for depositing into his own personal account checks that had…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: embezzlement, King County Superior Court, Seattle Public Utilities

January 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Seattle Public Utilities proposes six years of rate increases

Officials at Seattle Public Utilities  (SPU) say they will need to  raise rates for garbage, water, sewer and storm-water services 4.7 percent each year for the next six years to maintain current service levels. The average bi-monthly residential-utility bill would go from $325 in 2015 to $422 in 2020. The utility will hold a series of…

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January 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Ex-employee gets 7 1/2 years for stealing $1M from Seattle Public Utilities

A former Seattle Public Utilities engineer was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison this afternoon for stealing more than $1 million in one of the largest cases of public embezzlement in King County. Joseph Phan, 47, pleaded guilty in September to 67 counts of first-degree theft for depositing checks made out to the utility into his personal…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: embezzlement, King County, Seattle Public Utilities

November 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Free Felix Hernandez-themed compost bins to be given out next week

The Mariners and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) are giving out free, Felix Hernandez-themed compost bins next week in hopes of that Seattle residents will cut down their holiday “wasteline.” The “collector’s edition” kitchen caddies will be available at four locations Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to those who pledge to recycle and compost…

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October 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Water service returned to U-Village after water-main break last night

UPDATE: 6:35 A.M. | City of Seattle crews restored water service to University Villages hortly after 2 a.m. today. A 16-foot section of pipe was cut out and a new piece was put in its place. The city is working on what caused the break. Original post: Heading to Unversity of Washington? Planning to swing by…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Police, Seattle Public Utilities

September 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Ex-employee pleads guilty to stealing $1.1M from Seattle Public Utilities

A former employee of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) pleaded guilty this afternoon to 67 counts of theft for stealing more than $1 million from the utility in what is believed to be the largest embezzlement of public funds in modern King County history. In his plea, Joseph Phan acknowledged his crimes were major economic offenses and…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle Public Utilities, theft

November 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Sewage overflow spills in Seattle and Everett

Heavy rainfall forced sewage to overflow into parts of Seattle and Everett today. Everett got the worst of it as raw sewage from 10 of 12 sewer outfalls overflowed into the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay today. A sewer lift station also overflowed for about 55 minutes. The total amount of sewage spilled in the…

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Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: Meadowbrook Park, Seattle Public Utilities, sewage spill

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