Skyway Water & Sewer District
6723 S 124th St.
Seattle, WA 98178
206-772-7343  Office
206-772-5860  Fax
info@skywayws.org
Skyway Water & Sewer District
Thursday
July 31, 2014

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get help with my bill?

The following is a list of agencies that may be able to provide assistance in your time of need:

  1. SKYWAY/SALVATION ARMY'S CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP) Skyway Water and Sewer District and the Renton Salvation Army are working together to provide utility bill payment assistance to all qualifying Skyway customers. The Salvation Army will administer the program and screen all applicants for eligibility. If you are in need of help in paying your water or sewer bill, please give us a call at 206-772-7343. We will provide you with necessary account information and refer you to a Salvation Army social service representative for screening and assistance. To reach the Renton Salvation Army directly, you may call 425-255-5969.
  2. CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES (253)854-0077 www.ccsww.org
  3. CENTRAL AREA MOTIVATION PROGRAM (206)329-4111
  4. COMMUNITY INFO LINE-CRISIS CLINIC (Information Resource Agency) (206)461-3200 www.crisisclinic.org Crisis Clinic offers an array of support services available to everyone in King County. Their telephone services provide immediate, confidential assistance for people in emotional distress, as well as those needing information on health and human service organizations. Crisis Clinic's online resource database has comprehensive information on over 7,800 services in King County.
  5. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (206)767-6449
  6. SOUTH KING CO. MULTI SERVICE CENTER (Energy Only) (253)854-3437 ext. 106

When seeking agency assistance in paying your utility bills, please remember these helpful hints:

  • Please be aware that agencies may be able to help on a one-time basis only.
  • Have all your information current; outstanding utility bills; account numbers, etc.
  • Be pleasant (do not be impatient or rude). These people also want to help you out of your difficulties. Sometimes you will have the wrong agency for your problem. (Keep trying, with a smile.)
  • DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. Most help will involve an appointment and this could take several weeks.
  • ON YOUR OWN, ASK EACH COMPANY where you are BEHIND IN YOUR BILLS if they have a budget plan or a plan that lets you pay a small amount of cash on a consistent basis. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
  • If you find a helpful person, THANK THEM. Do not talk negative about any organization.
  • Learn to budget and set aside moneys for utilities ALL YEAR LONG. Even if you don't use heat in the summer, you can set aside some extra cash for fall and winter.
  • SET A GOAL. A DOLLAR A DAY SET ASIDE WILL ADD UP TO PAY YOUR UTILITY BILL. YOU CAN DO IT!! START NOW! ONE DAY AT A TIME! GOOD LUCK!!

Owners ask: Why am I getting billed for my tenant's water and/or sewer service?

It is Skyway Water & Sewer District's policy that all properties be listed and billed to the legal property owner. However, as an additional service for our owner/tenant customers, the District can send a duplicate bill to the tenant for $1.00 per copy and a one-time setup fee of $5.00. This is also beneficial to the property owner so they may monitor all activities that transpire on their accounts. DOWNLOAD DUPLICATE BILLING REQUEST FORM

Gallons to Cubic feet conversion

1ccf = 100 cubic feet. 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons

How can I tell if I have a leak?

When all water is off, observe the needle located on the face of the water meter. It should be stationary. If the needle is moving, this indicates a leak on your side of the meter. If you need the assistance of a District representative, you may call us to set-up an appointment at 206-772-7343 between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

Where does my water come from?

Skyway Water and Sewer District is a conglomeration of several previously separate water systems, there are three separate water sources of supply to the system. They are:

  • Cascade Water Alliance
  • City of Renton
  • District Wells

Depending on where you live, you may receive water from one or more of these sources.

How do I find buried utility lines?

To protect property and prevent personal injury, Washington State Law (RCW 19.122) requires that you notify the Underground Utilities Locating Center (UULC) at 1-800-424-5555 if you are planning to dig a depth of 12-inches or more. Under state law, if you fail to call before you dig and damage any utility lines as a result, you may have to pay a fine of up to three times the cost of repairing the lines. You must call at least two business days before you dig. UULC will obtain information from you regarding your location and project. They will then notify Skyway Water & Sewer District and other utilities in the area. District field staff and/or other utility representatives will come out to your site and mark the location of the underground lines for you, free of charge. Once the site has been marked or you have been notified that the utility has nothing at your dig site, you can begin to dig safely. Link: www.callbeforeyoudig.com.

What to do during a sewer backup?

Residents should notify the District by calling 206-772-7343 during office hours or 206-726-4161 after hours. A District representative is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water and sewer emergencies. For more information on what to do during a sewer back up, CLICK HERE

Who picks up my garbage?

Services for Garbage and Recycle collection in the unincorporated area of King County are provided by Waste Management Rainier, Inc.

Why am I billed for Capacity Charge?

The sewer charges on your Skyway bill are for maintenance of the District's sewer lines and for treatment and disposal at King County Wastewater Treatment facilities. To keep up with growth, protect public health and the environment, King County must expand its infrastructure by building more pipes, pump stations, and treatment plants. Capacity charge helps evenly spread these costs and ensures that "growth pays for growth". In addition to your Skyway bill, customers who connected to the sewer after February 1, 1990 are billed by King County for capacity charge.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Why is my sewer rate so high?

In the Seattle area, sewer rates are complex as they include both local and regional components. Water quality standards in our region are some of the highest in the country. Sewage and wastewater is collected, transported, treated several times over, and emptied into Puget Sound at drinking water quality.  Additionally, all bi-products of the sewage collection/treatment process (methane gas, reclaimed water, etc.) are harnessed and recycled for reuse and/or resale, including  energy production and the like.  All of this comes at a cost of course.  But protection of our public health and environment is something that residents/voters in the Northwest take seriously.  Most are willing to pay for the quality of life/environment that we enjoy in our region.

For more information:  CLICK HERE

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