Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) strives to provide efficient and forward-looking utility services to city residents. SPU collaborates with the scientific community and water utilities locally, nationally, and internationally to enhance knowledge of potential climate change impacts and capacity to prepare. Climate adaptation measures under consideration by SPU include:
- Physical modifications to structures
- Changing the operation of infrastructure to reflect changing conditions
- Embedding of climate information into asset management decision-making tools
- Incentivizing changes in water consumption behavior
- Developing early-warning systems for urban flooding
- Amending or implementing new codes and policies
- Embed race, social justice, and service equity policies and practices across the utility
- Model and advocate for inclusive community engagement within the utility in partnership with communities
- Further align division efforts within SPU, as well as city, county, and community efforts
These strategies are accomplished through three major program areas:
- Environmental Justice Network in Action fosters partnerships with Seattle’s many diverse communities.
- The Women and Minority Business Enterprise program helps businesses connect with SPU and get the tools they need to do business with government contracts.
- Equity planning and analysis outlines how SPU participates in key decision-making processes and on project teams through the use of equity planning tools.
SPU engages in collaborative activities through the Water Utility Climate Alliance, National Climate Assessment, Climate Impacts Research Consortium, Northwest Regional Modeling Consortium, and Climate Impacts Group of the University of Washington’s College of the Environment.
Phone: (206) 684-3000