Entries from April 2016
April 25th, 2016 by Sara
SPU tested water in a small percentage of older Seattle homes with galvanized piping. Results showed lead levels well below allowable federal limits.
Seattle Public Utilities released the results yesterday. From KOMO:
“This sampling protocol was much more extensive than the standard federal test, and should give customers an added sense of confidence in their water,” said SPU Drinking Water Quality Manager Wylie Harper.
The alarm rang Wednesday when officials in Tacoma found that water in four homes were above the allowable lead limits.
Tacoma officials attribute the presence of lead in their water to sections of pipes known as “goosenecks.” On the city website, the pieces of lead pipe are described as having been used between 1900 and 1940 to connect the water main to customers’ service lines.
In the wake of that finding, Seattle Public Utilities asked all Seattle residents to run water for two minutes before drinking it, as a precaution.
The utility tested five older homes that have the potentially suspect galvanized pipes, and so-called gooseneck fittings between the water main and the home. After allowing the water to sit overnight, they tested samples.
The highest lead level was 1.95 parts per billion (ppb), well below the federal limit of 15 ppb, according to SPU.
“Seattle Public Utilities is in compliance with U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations,” said Derek Pell of the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Drinking Water.
The Seattle water supplier also posted an interactive map to allow homeowners to determine what kind of material – copper, plastic or galvanized steel – the service line that supplies their homes.
April 14th, 2016 by Sara
Looking for another way to get fit? CrossFit Twenty Pound Hammer opened last week in neighboring Ballard.
Located at 4550 9th Ave. NW, on the corner of 46th and Leary, Twenty Pound Hammer boasts high ceilings and tons of natural light from big windows. The Ballard location was chosen both for its central location in the neighborhood and its accessibility to other parts of the city, along with free parking spaces. “While we place a high priority on the individual, we are dedicated to building a strong community amongst our athletes,” says Steve Amoroso, co-owner and head coach.
CrossFit Twenty Pound Hammer will offer one hour-long classes as early as 6am on weekdays (7am on weekends), and as late as 7.30pm on weekdays (11am on Saturdays). Twenty Pound Hammer will add on more holistic and wellness programs with in the first few months, including yoga and other activities geared toward recovery and nutrition. All initial consultations are free, and experienced CrossFitters get a trial week for free, as well as a consultation. Click here for more information.
April 6th, 2016 by Sara
Hear fresh voices from the local poetry scene at “An Evening of Poetry” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Fremont Branch, (731 N. 35th St).
The event will feature the poetry of Ann Spiers, Lillo Way and Kathleen Byrd. The local poets will read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience.
Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Metered street parking is available near the branch, and there is a pay parking lot across the street.
For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian.