UTILITY WORK: Sewer maintenance continuing all summer in West Seattle

Even if they haven’t come to your neighborhood (yet), you might have seen crews/trucks like this at work in various parts of West Seattle recently. They’re doing sewer-line maintenance without digging up the street, and it’ll continue all summer. After the crews spent two days in our Upper Fauntleroy neighborhood this week, we checked in with Seattle Public Utilities for an update on the overall project. What they’re doing is re-lining sewer pipes, with 60 sites in “southwest Seattle” as part of this stage of the. project, officially known as 2017 Small Diameter Lining Project Contract 1. “For this project, SPU contractor crews will rehabilitate about 4.57 miles of sewer mainline pipes that are 15” in diameter or smaller. Construction on these via cure-in-place pipe, non-excavation repairs takes only a few days or less to complete,” SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register explains, adding that some areas might take longer because of “multiple segments of pipe flagged for rehabilitation.” If they’re going to work in your area, you should get a door hanger and flyer; the ones distributed by contractor Michels in our neighborhood a few days ahead of two work sessions projected 12 hours of work (during which you’re supposed to limit plumbing use), but in both cases the crews were done by mid-afternoon, after about eight hours. Register says the project overall should be complete by mid-September.

7 Replies to "UTILITY WORK: Sewer maintenance continuing all summer in West Seattle"

  • Ice June 17, 2021 (6:22 pm)

    FIX THE BRIDGE FIRST!!!!no I am kidding, that’s a joke

  • Clare June 17, 2021 (8:12 pm)

    Is this why our SPU sewer bills have increased 25% and then 17% month over month?  

    • WSB June 17, 2021 (8:49 pm)

      If your bill has gone up more than the rates indicated here you might want to talk to SPU if you haven’t already (or check from leaks). This is maintenance to keep lines from failing, which I would surmise would be more costly than maintenance. Page 7 here does mention that ‘pipe renewal and rehabilitation” is among major capital costs this biennium.

  • Reed June 18, 2021 (7:01 am)

    Just like the bridge and choosing to live on a peninsula, people complain about their CHOICE to live in a city with older infrastructure that is needing repair/replacement, which someone has to pay for. Sounds like many of my west Seattle neighbors would be better off moving to a new construction development out in the suburbs.

  • Derek June 18, 2021 (8:48 am)

    They need to replace all clay sewers in West Seattle. So many are filled with roots and maintenance will just be higher than replacement. 

  • Lola June 18, 2021 (10:13 am)

    I know over on 49th and Hudson and heading South down 49th someone had said that they were replacing Sewer Pipes in this Area.  They have been working their for months. 

    • WSB June 18, 2021 (10:56 am)

      There are full pipe replacement projects out there too, not the same as this. We feature them when we get word of them, like the one in North Admiral, as well as some in the street on Fauntleroy and on California, in recent months.

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