About that chronic water on the street in The Junction

(WSB photo, September 7th)

You might not notice it today, now that it’s raining, but we’ve long been wondering about that chronically wet spot on California SW at SW Edmunds, as have some readers. After no signs of change, we sent an inquiry to SDOT and Seattle Public Utilities last week, and today SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register replied, “We have (or will be soon) sending a crew to investigate. It appears to be a water issue (not drainage/wastewater issue).” So if you see a city crew at that intersection, that’s what they’re looking into. And if you have any knowledge of an earlier report to the city and/or investigation, please let us know. It seemed like if this went on much longer, we’d be running into the season where the wet spot would become an ice patch.

24 Replies to "About that chronic water on the street in The Junction"

  • morgan_dog_walker September 12, 2023 (3:07 pm)

    I reported this via find it fix it back in june…  still shows “reported” in the app

    • Tod September 13, 2023 (7:05 am)

      I reported this in late August – FiF sent it over to SPU. SPU did not acknowledge.

    • Pdavis September 13, 2023 (10:04 am)

      There is an option on Find It, Fix It app that you might want to use:  it’s Customer Service, and you can specifically ask to be responded to/contacted .  Ssk for rmail contact.  I have done that because the app is not currently allowing voice texting.  Staff has gotten back with me via email.  So why not ask Customer Service ( get their nsme snd title) what’s going on with this?   Also, might be even more effective to go online and make a tangible complaint of a water leak.  Given the lack of rain it’s all the more important to not be wasting water.  So please be persistent with the City of Seattle.  Asking for a supervisor and writing directly to the department head -SPU- works well:  they know their name is front and center and you have someone you can follow up with. How ridiculous this is been reported this many times and nothing has been solved..  so ‘push on’ the head of SPU … anybody gonna do that??  

  • Denden September 12, 2023 (3:44 pm)

    There is another one on 35th AVE. in the curb lane in front of Mt.Saint Vincent. Same thing, always wet even on a 90 deg. day.

  • Rumbles September 12, 2023 (4:04 pm)

    Reported twice by find it fix it and even called on the phone.  First report was in early June. 

    • Curious George September 12, 2023 (4:22 pm)

      Once again I too reported this in June over the phone.

  • StreamDreamer September 12, 2023 (4:55 pm)

    So are they waiting for the pavement to buckle, create a sink hole and devour a car or some pedestrians or what?? What a joke our DOT is for things like this on a main arterial. I’m not a street engineer but have plenty of experience with underground water issues and as soon as I saw this back in early June I said it will be months before they even assess it let alone repair it. How  does the communication go so sideways in this city?

    • My two cents September 12, 2023 (5:29 pm)

      For the City of Seattle, 2010, there are approximately 3900 miles of roads within the city.  While the repair time may not meet your expectations, we should be able to put it in perspective and recognize that there are a lot of streets within the city that need, require maintenance and repairs. 

      • John September 14, 2023 (4:54 am)

        I say that’s a poor excuse! I live out in the Fauntleroy area And there’s side roads they haven’t repaved in decades. I’d like to know the actual figure of those 3,900 miles of roads that they actively maintain

  • Buttercup September 12, 2023 (5:14 pm)

    I reported this last April and again in May, Expect to see a sinkhole one day

  • Chicago September 12, 2023 (5:27 pm)

    I reported a similar fresh water leak in Hiawatha Park 4 months ago.  The city has taped off the small area, but the leak has yet to be fixed. It seems like such a waste of water.  And who knows how long it had been leaking before I noticed and reported it. 

  • Michael S. September 12, 2023 (6:39 pm)

    I called the SPU service desk for reporting water main leaks (206-386-1800) back in May to report the issue and was told the maintenance crew manager was aware of the issue. I didn’t pursue it further. 

  • 1994 September 12, 2023 (8:13 pm)

    So the leakage must be on the city’s dime and not some rate payer? 

    • Admiral2 September 13, 2023 (6:24 pm)

      It’s not about the money it’s about wasting water. Water is a resource that is important.

  • lg September 12, 2023 (11:15 pm)

    ok but more importantly: what on earth is going on in the building the water is in front of? no one is ever there, the entity on the door is un-googleable. what gives?

  • JunctionGirl September 13, 2023 (6:01 am)

    Like so many others, I reported this via the fixit app months ago.   They said they forwarded it on to SDOT and closed my report.  I’m happy to see you were able to get some traction with the city on this WSB!

  • Lola September 13, 2023 (8:10 am)

    Just down the Hill on Edmunds is a Spring as the Hill is always Wet with Water.  The whole Area down the hill from the Junction is called Spring Hill Villa Tracts.  That whole Area used to be a Lake according to one neighbor who had lived there for ever.  He can remember going hunting and seeing the Deer drinking from the lakes.  Lots of little Springs still pop up.  One guys yard never dries up as he has a spring running under his house.  That is also why Ercolini’s Farm did so well as it was almost self watered from the springs under his field.  I can remember my Grandfather always driving by Ercolini’s Corn Field in the Summertime so he could see how his garden was doing. 

  • Water woman September 13, 2023 (9:03 am)

    I heard rumblings that it will be worked on and fixed tomorrow. The no parking signs are going up this morning. 

    • WSB September 13, 2023 (9:23 am)

      Someone just sent us a photo of an SPU truck nearby, I’ll be following up as soon as I get done with something more urgent.

      • Water woman September 13, 2023 (10:54 am)

        No parks are up and dated 9/14/2023 4pm-midnight

  • Jeff September 13, 2023 (9:48 am)

    There is one on 35th Ave as well. Can see it today!

  • Clairdesol September 13, 2023 (6:11 pm)

    Thank you WSB for getting some results. I reported this in July by phone to customer service. They said they already knew about it, and it would be taken care of when they get to it.

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