Seattle

Locate Utilities

How it's done

Utilities (water, sewer, electricity, gas and broadband) are the foundation and driving force behind new development, business growth and economic expansion. The transportation of energy, data, water and waste all depend to a substantial degree on the quality of local and regional utilities. The purpose of this page is to help you answer the following questions.

  1. WHY do utilities matter?
  2. WHERE are local utilities?
  3. HOW do I use this information?

Why do utilities matter?

Utilities are essential services that play a vital role in business operations. The type of utilities you require will depend on the size and nature of your business. In some locations, existing utilities may lack the capacity that will be required to accommodate the demand generated by new industries and development. In this case, utility capacity may need to be upgraded, which can have cost implications for government, developers and businesses.

Where are local utilities?

The map below shows a range of utilities in the municipality. Select the type of utilities you are interested in and zoom in to get more detail as to where it applies.

How do I use this information?

For your business to be competitive you should seek a strategic location that affords cost-effective access to the utilities you require. To help you with this we’ve provided a simple 3 step process:

  • Step 1 – Assess your utility needs: The first step is to identify your immediate and future utility needs. What types of utilities will you need access to (gas, power, water, sewer, internet, phone, etc.)? In addition, what level of service or capacity do the utilities need to have both now and in future?
  • Step 2 – Analyze utility availability: Next up, you should look at the availability of existing utilities and its capacity. What utilities are currently available in the location? What is its capacity? What are the current costs associated with using the utilities? Are there planned improvements? When are they likely to occur? Would your business have to contribute toward the costs of these improvements? What benefits and cost savings are these improvements likely to generate for my business?
  • Step 3 – Gap analysis: The final step is to summarize the gaps between the utilities you need, and the available utilities, to determine the viability and future financial requirements of any business venture.

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