Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has updated its Water Availability Certificate (WAC) Policy for connecting to its distribution water system. Thanks to those in the development community who provided input about the policy.
Updates to the WAC policy, which was originally developed many years ago, address changes in how development is happening in Seattle, particularly infill development. There are also changes to ensure fairer application of code requirements to all development.
The rule changes include:
- Updates to the WAC policy so that it applies better to modern development trends, such as infill development, higher-density projects, and units that combine living and work space.
- A more equitable application of the WAC policy that eliminates loopholes and provisions that do not meet cost-benefit criteria.
- Enhanced flexibility in the WAC policy that allows SPU staff discretion to modify or waive required improvements when there is a good business reason to do so.
For a list of the specific rule changes, go to www.seattle.gov/util/Engineering/Obtain_Utility_Services/
Thank you for helping to streamline the way SPU conducts its business, and we hope it helps you manage yours better too.