Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Report Streetlight Outages and Follow Repairs Online

Did you know that reporting and tracking street light repairs for outages can be done on-line?

Seattle City Light has put up a Streetlight Tracker on its website where you can see all the streetlights Seattle City Light is working on and the expected time for repairs.

And if you see a streetlight that is out, you can fill out this on-line form to submit a request for repair. "When a streetlight goes out, you can help by letting us know," the City Light website says.

Currently Laurelhurst shows about 5 streetlights to be repaired.

Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell's was involved in getting this information on-line and says in a recent memo that "properly functioning streetlights are a core service provided by the city that are essential to enhancement of public safety. This repair tracking system is another tool to advance our streetlight efforts."

He goes on to say that once outages are reported on the tracking system, repairs can take up to 10 days if it requires more than a bulb change. In comparison, in 2004, it could take many months for a light to be repaired with over  23,000 streetlight outages reported. Many streets lights have already transitioned to the brighter, more efficient LED streetlights that require less repair.

Harrell says "Because of my concern for safe neighborhoods, I changed polices and demanded implementation that has reduced the backlog to nearly 1,000 outages with nearly 90 percent being repaired within 14 days or less. This is great progress!"

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