Utilities – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 02:38:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 UPDATE: White Center/North Burien power outage https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/white-center-north-burien-power-outage/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/white-center-north-burien-power-outage/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:01:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925070

7:01 AM: Thanks for the tips. Yet another big power outage in the area – this time, 4,000-plus customers in White Center/North Burien. No word yet on the cause. But if you’re heading that way this morning, you should be aware. P.S. As far as we can tell, no overlap with the areas affected by the two big West Seattle outages in the past week and a half.

8:27 AM: The map shows it’s over.

8:32 AM: City Light says this outage was caused by a tree branch falling into a power line.

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Key approval for Seattle Public Utilities’ plan to turn former bus yard into Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/key-approval-for-seattle-public-utilities-plan-to-turn-former-bus-yard-into-drainage-and-wastewater-south-operations-center/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/key-approval-for-seattle-public-utilities-plan-to-turn-former-bus-yard-into-drainage-and-wastewater-south-operations-center/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:05:48 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924971
(South Operations Center rendering, from city website)

Almost three years after we first reported on Seattle Public Utilities‘ plan to take over the former bus yard at 4500 West Marginal Way SW, just south of the West Seattle Bridge, the project has won a key land-use approval. Today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin includes an announcement of the decision. We published details last year about what SPU plans for what it will call the Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center, and also covered a briefing given to the Highland Park Action Committee. You can read the full decision here. Today’s notice of approval opens a two-week period if anyone wants to file an appeal – the notice explains how. At last year’s briefing, SPU said it expected to start construction on the “retrofit/remodel” project next year; we’ll be checking to see if that’s still the plan.

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For second time in a week, short but widespread West Seattle power outage: 16,000+ customers affected https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-power-outage-9/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-power-outage-9/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:30:57 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924620 (Screengrab from Seattle City Light website at peak of outage)

8:30 AM: Thanks for the texts. Ours is out too. We’re getting reports from a widespread area – as far north as Admiral. More to come.

8:38 AM: City Light map says more than 16,000 homes/businesses are out. Remember that intersections are four-way stops when the signals are out.

8:46 AM: City Light says via Twitter that they “believe the outage was caused by a switching problem and estimate power will be restored about 9:15 a.m.”

8:50 AM: It’s been six days since a similarly widespread outage (WSB coverage here) was blamed on a “relay malfunction,” though that one lasted only a few minutes.

8:53 AM: Our power’s back (Fauntleroy/Gatewood line). Yours? We of course will be following up with SCL. Also note that – as happened after last Tuesday’s even-shorter outage – there may be some lingering effects like flashing traffic signals.

9:26 AM: Just talked with Scott Thomsen at City Light, who is looking into questions such as whether this was human error, a mechanical problem, etc. He says the “routine maintenance” at the Delridge Substation continues so that’s one thing this did have in common with last Tuesday’s outage. We will update again later when we get more followup information.

2:23 PM: SCL’s Thomsen says via e-mail: “Crews were testing switchgear at the Delridge Substation as a part of our maintenance and reliability work. When one of the workers closed the doors for the switchgear they were testing, the vibrations tripped a relay, which then opened, cutting off power for the electrical bus (imagine a giant power strip connected to four feeder lines going out of the substation into the neighborhoods). Our engineering staff is looking at what we can do to dampen vibrations and avoid a repeat of this problem, which does occasionally affect utilities.”

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UPDATE: Widespread – brief for most – West Seattle power outage https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-8/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-8/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2018 21:32:57 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924134 2:32 PM: Thanks for the tips – it’s not fully showing on the City Light map yet but we have reports of a far-flung West Seattle power outage. We have reports from Alki to Westwood. More to come.

2:40 PM: Back on already for many including us in Upper Fauntleroy. Will update as soon as we find out from SCL what this was about.

2:50 PM: According to comments, some are still out, and SCL is unreachable. (We have a message out to their media reps.)

The map now shows 444 customers out but continues to show it as many individual outages, which is not the way an outage usually would display.

3:02 PM: SCL spokesperson Hernann Ambion tells us a “relay malfunction” related to “routine maintenance” caused the short-lived outage. He says everybody’s back on but the map still shows some outages because the system read the problem as the Delridge Substation being offline when it wasn’t. He says everyone should be back on now.

3:17 PM: Couple of side notes: Your cable/wi-fi router might need a reset – we’ve seen that happen in some power outages, even short ones. Also, if you heard sirens/alarms, this triggered a lot of fire alarms and stopped elevators; you can see the evidence on the SFD real-time log (all the calls with SW addresses).

5:40 PM Scattered traffic-signal trouble, still. Such as Fauntleroy Way at Fairmount Park, flashing and with SDOT on scene.

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West Seattle power outage: South end of Harbor Island https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-south-end-of-harbor-island/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-south-end-of-harbor-island/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:31:50 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922643

10:31 AM: A 78-customer power outage that stretches eastward across the Duwamish River is affecting south Harbor Island. Thanks for the call that tipped us to this – the screengrab above is from the Seattle City Light outage map. No word yet on the cause.

11:52 AM: Mary reports in comments that the power’s back on; the City Light map indeed shows the outage is over. We’re checking on the cause.

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UPDATE: Gas-leak response in 4800 block Beach Drive SW https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/traffic-alert-gas-leak-response-in-4800-block-beach-drive-sw/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/traffic-alert-gas-leak-response-in-4800-block-beach-drive-sw/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:24:17 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922070 (Added – texted photo; thank you!)

2:24 PM: If you have to travel on Beach Drive SW south of Jacobsen, consider waiting a bit. There’s a Seattle Fire response blocking the road for a natural-gas leak in the 4800 block (here’s a map of the vicinity where it was reported). According to SFD communication monitored via scanner, a line was not punctured; it’s a “small leak” and they’re working to shut off the gas while awaiting Puget Sound Energy.

2:57 PM: Per the incident log, all SFD units have closed out of the call.

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West Seattle power outage: 138 out in The Junction https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-138-out-in-the-junction/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 03:10:04 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921999 Thanks to Megan for the tip via Twitter: She says a “crash” was heard at Oregon 42 and then the power went out. The City Light map – itself suffering an outage when we first checked, but working again now – says 138 customers are out, pretty much right on that corner, southeast side of 42nd/Oregon. Cause is listed as “bird/animal” and SCL hopes to fix it within a few hours.

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UPDATE: 2 West Seattle power outages https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-184-out-along-16th-sw/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-power-outage-184-out-along-16th-sw/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2018 18:19:23 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921343 (Added 12:10 pm: Map of outages)

11:19 AM: Thanks for the tip: The Seattle City Light map shows 184 homes/businesses out in Highland Park/Puget Ridge, along 16th SW. No word on the cause yet; Brian says via e-mail, “Explosion was heard toward SSC and then power went out.”

12:03 PM: Checking the SCL site for an update, we see another 299 customers went out just west of the original outage zone, mostly along 21st SW, about half an hour ago. (updated) Added a map image for both outages.

1:19 PM: Tipster Aaron notes that SFD is/was checking out transformers near Riverview Playfield. Meantime, the newer, westernmost outage has dropped in size by about a third.

8:46 PM: As this has stretched on for so long, we tried SCL’s after-hours media pager and just got a call back. The outage was caused by a fire at the base of a pole in the greenbelt by SW Holly – the cause hasn’t been determined – but it’s been difficult for crews to access; they’re “close” to restoration, the spokesperson says.

10:17 PM: We noticed a few minutes ago that the outage was down to 191 customers. And we just got a text that power’s come back on at 21st/Holly. The map might not reflect that immediately.

10:40 PM: Looks like that was it – all but a handful are reconnected, after ~12 hours.

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SCAM ALERT: Utility cutoff threat, again https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/scam-alert-utility-cutoff-threat-again/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/scam-alert-utility-cutoff-threat-again/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:23:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921265 This is not a new scam but somebody must still be falling for it, or else the scammers wouldn’t keep trying it. So we’re sharing the warning just received from Natalie – she got two calls this morning that both spoofed the official Seattle city utilities hotline, 206-684-3000, with someone telling her that her electricity was about to be cut off if she didn’t pay them pronto. The info on this City Light scam-alert page goes for Seattle Public Utilities too – including that they will “never call, email, or make a home visit requesting an immediate payment.” And if you hear from a would-be scammer – report it! Natalie says the SPU person with whom she spoke had gotten other recent reports too

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UPDATE: Seattle Fire response for natural-gas leak at South Seattle College https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/seattle-fire-response-for-natural-gas-leak-at-south-seattle-college/ Mon, 02 Jul 2018 16:04:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921136 (WSB photo)

9:04 AM: Big Seattle Fire response for a natural-gas leak at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge. Per scanner, it’s related to construction work and it’s toward the north side of campus. Puget Sound Energy is reported to be on scene too. We’re on our way to find out more.

9:09 AM: The response is being downsized.

9:20 AM: Our crew just arrived. The gas-line break is just north of the clock tower on campus. SSC buildings remain evacuated until PSE and SFD determine everything is OK – no estimate yet how long that’ll be.

9:54 AM: We just went back to check; SFD has cleared and people have been allowed back into the SCC buildings.

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Water-main break under Admiral Way https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/water-main-break-under-admiral-way/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/water-main-break-under-admiral-way/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 02:57:13 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921093

Thanks for the tips on this. A Seattle Public Utilities repair crew is on the way to fix the break that has sent water over the top of Admiral Way hill, just south of the viewpoint. The SPU employee on the scene now tells us only one house is without water and that repairs will have to be made on the other side of Admiral – so be careful tonight if you’re driving/riding through that area.

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UPDATE: Power’s back on at Pathfinder K-8; what City Light says about outage (and flicker elsewhere) https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/powers-back-on-at-pathfinder-k-8/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/powers-back-on-at-pathfinder-k-8/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:21:45 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920018 9:21 AM: Thanks for the tips about a power outage at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point. It never did show up on the City Light map so we tried calling the school – just got through and they tell us it WAS out but just came back on.

10:12 AM: We asked City Light about the outage. Here’s what Tony White can tell us about it so far:

There was a short outage this morning for some customers in the West Seattle/Delridge area due to a momentary outage on a feeder line coming from the Delridge Substation. It’s possible the outage at Pathfinder K-8 was related to this feeder outage, but not yet confirmed.

Crews have yet to determine the cause of the feeder outage, and are currently investigating to ascertain what happened. When they conclude their investigation of the feeder outage, they will be more informed about the possible cause of the Pathfinder outage. … They are currently walking the lines investigating the feeder outage, which has the potential to affect numerous customers if it were to happen again. When outages occur, City Light’s response prioritizes life safety first, followed by emergency services and then by repairs which will bring the largest number of customers back into service.

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UPDATE: Power outage on west Charlestown Hill https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/power-outage-on-west-charlestown-hill/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:28:32 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919876 1:28 PM: Thanks for the tip – City Light says more than 80 homes lost power at midmorning on west Charlestown Hill. “Equipment failure” is listed as the cause, and the restoration estimate is 4:18 pm – could be sooner, could be later.

3:10 PM: A few homes have their power back – City Light’s map has downsized the outage to 69, though it’s also changed the cause to “investigating.”

5:48 PM: Outage over since last we checked, per SCL map.

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Brown water in Upper Fauntleroy https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/brown-water-in-upper-fauntleroy/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/brown-water-in-upper-fauntleroy/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 16:15:22 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917466 For all the times we’ve written about what to do if your tap water is brown/discolored … this time it’s happened at WSB HQ. So in case anyone else in Upper Fauntleroy or vicinity is experiencing it, we did call Seattle Public Utilities – which wants to hear from you if it ever happens where you are – at 206-386-1800. They say hydrant use in the area has stirred up sediment. (Here’s SPU’s complete “what if my water’s discolored?” page.)

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SCAM ALERT: Fake utility callers at it again https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/scam-alert-fake-utility-callers-at-it-again/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/scam-alert-fake-utility-callers-at-it-again/#comments Fri, 11 May 2018 23:47:29 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916426 We hope everyone’s aware of this scam by now but just in case – we got a call from Luna Park Café a little while ago, and they had just received the infamous utility-scam call. Businesses are a favorite target of these scammers, who claim your power’s about to be cut off unless you pay some money right now. Utilities including City Light say they don’t do business that way. But if you get a call like that and somehow fear you might be in arrears, you can call the utility to be sure. All the info you need is here.

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