Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will be making 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 will tag and lock all but one water meter during meter installation.
- Each tag will contain 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.
- One meter will remain unlocked for general water accessibility during construction.
SPU will require an inspection prior to the meters being unlocked 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:
- Provide the correct addresses for the meters ready for a flow test inspection. The inspections cannot be requested without the correct addresses.
- Verify that the legal addresses are on the buildings.
- Confirm that connections from the meter to plumbing are established and have passed SPU private water line inspection or are ready for an inspection.
- Ensure that the meters are accessible.
The inspection will typically occur within five business days.
This process will ensure that 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.