FOLLOWUP: Repairs planned tonight for longrunning water leak in Junction street

(WSB photo, this morning)

11:54 AM: Earlier this week, we wrote about the longrunning leak that’s left the street chronically wet at California/Edmunds, and Seattle Public Utilities‘ response suggesting our inquiry was the first they’d heard of it. Multiple readers, however, said they’d reported it to the city weeks and months ago. While we awaited a response to our followup inquiry, another commenter pointed out that no-parking signs were placed nearby for work tonight – and today, SPU’s Sabrina Register confirms that:

Thank you for bringing this leak to our attention, and to the customers who reported it to our Operations Response Center (ORC: 206-386-1800), the best route to report flooding and ponding issues and sewer backups. Our crews respond to roughly 800-1,000 potential water leaks alone in any given year, so we appreciate customers helping us find leaks across the City.

The ORC did receive reports of this leak, and we apologize to those customers who felt like their reports were ignored. With the exception of significant, emergency repairs, we perform the work in a more planned and coordinated manner, which can take some time to get the required permits and approvals.

The leak is scheduled to be repaired this evening (September 14), pending coordination with affected businesses in the vicinity. On these types of planned repairs, we work with local businesses in advance because their water service is often shut off for a temporary, multi-hour period, and we can sometimes get the work done in the off-hours or middle of the night to limit those impacts.

So if you see SPU crews at work there tonight, that’s what’s going on. (So far, the SPU water map – which has a list of emergency and scheduled outages – does not include this work.)

ADDED THURSDAY EVENING: While we were in The Junction for the West Seattle Art Walk, we noted the work had begun:

The northbound lanes were blocked but two-way traffic was continuing via a temporary repurposing of a southbound lane.

8 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Repairs planned tonight for longrunning water leak in Junction street"

  • appreciative September 14, 2023 (12:16 pm)

    I appreciate WSB’s inquiry into this.  
    Getting a response like this from SPU acknowledging their process and now quick action reflect WSB’s community presence.  

  • Pdavis September 14, 2023 (4:42 pm)

    Ahhhh…. come on…. am I the only one that doesn’t buy the City of Seattle SPU excuses

  • CeeBee September 14, 2023 (8:29 pm)

    So they don’t like Find it Fix it reports?  She didn’t mention using it to report leaks and instead said to call a specific number.  Don’t they play well with others?

    • WSB September 14, 2023 (9:01 pm)

      I’ve heard various city people at various meetings say phone calls remain the gold standard, for utilities, road hazards, etc.

  • Rick September 15, 2023 (9:17 am)

    I had pretty much a pool in front of the shop in the 6+ years being here just south of there. It will nice for customers not to need to go wading to get a haircut. Thanks!

  • Junction Girl September 15, 2023 (10:06 am)

    Thank you. Seems like maybe your inquiry is what got them to finally fix it. They sure left a mess of the street though.

    • WSB September 15, 2023 (10:50 am)

      Looks like a temporary patch but we’ll check with SPU. For many other projects, they’ve returned at a later date for permanent repaving.

    • Question Authority September 15, 2023 (11:26 am)

      The pavement is a temporary patch as it’s not within the scope of leak fixers to repair roads.  The excavation needs to settle in and the road repair crew isn’t just sitting around waiting to magically appear.

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