Reminder: Multiple Meter Flow Test Improvement

Beginning June 4, 2018, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will make changes to the multiple meter flow test process to ensure that meters are connected to the correct private water lines in order to improve billing accuracy.

For projects with multiple two-inch and smaller water meters, SPU requires a multiple meter flow test before receiving water service. Each meter will have a tag containing the address of the building or unit the meter is intended to supply and directions on how to contact SPU to initiate the required inspection.

You are required to get an inspection prior to receiving water service to ensure the private water service line from each building or unit is connected to the meter designed to serve it.

When you are ready for a flow test inspection, call (206) 684‑5800. You will need to confirm the following information:

  • The correct addresses for the meters ready for a flow test inspection. You cannot request the inspections without the correct addresses. If you are unsure of the address, check the tag in the meter box.
  • The legal addresses, as assigned by the permitting agency, are clearly visible and affixed on the building.
  • Private plumbing has been connected to the City union and passed, or is ready for a Utility Service Inspection private water line inspection.
  • There are no issues to access the spigot and meter box in order to complete the flow test.
  • The project is ready for inspection.

 

SPU will typically conduct the inspection within 5-business days of your request. Once the inspection is complete, the SPU inspector will turn on the water.

This process will ensure water meters are installed in the approved manner, which is important for future renters or property owners. By contacting SPU prior to the inspection, we can help clarify requirements for a successful inspection which will promote coordination and improve efficiency.

For more information, please contact the Development Services Office at spu_dso@seattle.gov or (206) 684‑3333.

Multiple Meter Flow Test Improvement

Beginning June 4, 2018, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will make changes to the multiple meter flow test process to ensure that meters are connected to the correct private water lines in order to improve billing accuracy.

For projects with multiple two-inch and smaller water meters, SPU requires a multiple meter flow test before receiving water service. Each meter will have a tag containing the address of the building or unit the meter is intended to supply and directions on how to contact SPU to initiate the required inspection.

You are required to get an inspection prior to receiving water service to ensure the private water service line from each building or unit is connected to the meter designed to serve it.

When you are ready for a flow test inspection, call (206) 684‑5800. You will need to confirm the following information:

  • The correct addresses for the meters ready for a flow test inspection. You cannot request the inspections without the correct addresses. If you are unsure of the address, check the tag in the meter box.
  • The legal addresses, as assigned by the permitting agency, are clearly visible and affixed on the building.
  • Private plumbing has been connected to the City union and passed, or is ready for a Utility Service Inspection private water line inspection.
  • There are no issues to access the spigot and meter box in order to complete the flow test.
  • The project is ready for inspection.

 

SPU will typically conduct the inspection within 5-business days of your request. Once the inspection is complete, the SPU inspector will turn on the water.

This process will ensure water meters are installed in the approved manner, which is important for future renters or property owners. By contacting SPU prior to the inspection, we can help clarify requirements for a successful inspection which will promote coordination and improve efficiency.

For more information, please contact the Development Services Office at spu_dso@seattle.gov or (206) 684‑3333.

Advanced Metering Upgrade Will Enable Service Improvements

Technology improvements have enabled people to increase their efficiency, boost productivity and enjoy new conveniences.

Smart phones have replaced rotary-dial land line phones. Digital recordings have largely replaced compact discs, which replaced cassette tapes and vinyl records. We don’t even need to discuss 8-track tapes. And when was the last time you saw a VHS recorder?

Those are just a few of the technological advances that have taken place since many of Seattle City Light’s electrical meters were installed in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

It’s time for an upgrade.

This summer, City Light will begin replacing its aging, existing meters with advanced meters that can deliver energy consumption information to the utility wirelessly. We expect the rollout to take 18 months to complete. This new technology will help City Light become more efficient and enable a host of service improvements for customers once the meters are fully connected to the utility’s computer systems.

Outage detection – Today, when there’s a power outage, we might not know about it until one of our customers calls to report it. With Advanced Metering, the meter will send an alert immediately, which means our crews will have a faster start to getting the lights back on. It will also help us confirm whether repairs have brought all customers back into service.

More accurate billing – Everyone deserves to have an accurate measurement of the electricity they use and what that costs. Advanced meters will be accurate within two tenths of 1 percent. That’s 10 times more accurate than our existing meters were when they were new.

Additionally, Advanced Meters will eliminate most billing estimates. Currently, if a meter reader is unable to read your meter for any reason, we estimate your usage based on historical consumption then true up your bill when we can get an actual reading. Unfortunately, this can lead to large swings in what you pay if our estimate misses the mark. With Advanced Metering, that problem goes away.

Convenience – Since Advanced Metering eliminates the need for meter readers, you won’t have to worry about whether you locked the gate or left your dog outside on the day your meter reader would have shown up.

More power in your hands – With Advanced Metering, customers will be able to log in to an online display of their energy usage information. You’ll be able to get daily updates on how much electricity you have used, when you used it and how much it cost. That can reduce surprises from big bills and help people better manager their energy use.

Enabling even more improvements in the future – With Advanced Metering in place, City Light will be able to consider other service improvements. Some of the possibilities include monthly billing, pre-paid accounts, alerts when your account balance reaches an amount you choose, and optional rate structures, such as time of use rates to support lower-cost overnight electric vehicle charging.

We’re excited to provide this technology upgrade to our customers. If for any reason, you don’t want to participate and receive these benefits, you can opt out. Fees will apply. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/light/ami.