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City of Puyallup

Water, the Long Dry Summer and Your Utility Bill

You may have heard that, in response to last winter’s low snowpack and the resulting drought conditions experienced across the state, numerous jurisdictions recently asked their customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by ten percent.

Although the city of Puyallup always advocates wise water use, no water restrictions were needed for Puyallup customers this year. That’s because 76% of Puyallup’s water is sourced from two natural springs, with almost all of the rest coming from deep wells. Groundwater sources such as these are much less susceptible to seasonal and other volume fluctuations that can affect surface water sources.

And good thing, because residential water usage in Puyallup was up this summer—by nearly 35% over the previous year—most likely as a result of the persistent high temperatures. Reports show that over 500 residential customers raised their consumption by more than 20%. Because the city’s rate structure is designed to encourage conservation, increased usage can elevate customers into the second tier of water rates, resulting in a higher charge of about 35% more per gallon.

While water conservation is encouraged and less water usage results in a lower rate, it’s nice to know that Puyallup can supply its customers with sufficient water for their needs, even during periods of peak demands.

Northwest Pipeline is preparing to replace over three miles of natural gas pipeline in Puyallup as part of a larger project. Check this map to determine if property you own, lease or rent is near the pipeline--if so, you may want to review the draft EIS and submit comments.

Are you a fan of the Puyallup Public Library? Interested in an opportunity to become a library representative & advocate in the community? Apply now for a volunteer position on the Puyallup Public Library Advisory Board! Click here for description and profile of the Library Board; view application on the Boards & Commissions page.

Starting Monday, August 24th, the city will begin smoke testing the sanitary sewer system in the northeast and northwest areas to locate any broken lines. The smoke is blown into sewer lines and manholes, and exits from roof-mounted vent pipes. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard. Email or call project manager Steve Carstens with any questions, 253-841-5597. 

Night operations on South Meridian will resume on Monday, August 31st to install permanent striping between 15th and 31st Avenues SE. The work will begin at 9 pm each evening and conclude by 6 am the following morning. The work is expected to be completed by the morning of Friday, September 4th, weather permitting.

The City is seeking qualified candidates to develop a Preservation Plan that will be used to implement goals in Puyallup's Comprehensive Plan and facilitate future historic preservation efforts. All proposals must be received by 5 pm on Monday, September 28th.

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Holiday Closure - Labor Day

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Planning Commission Meeting

Sep. 9th

The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding amendments to the Puyallup Read More

Brown Bag Lunch with J.A. Jance

Sep. 10th

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Puyallup Library Board Meeting

Sep. 21st

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Play to Learn in the Community

Sep. 22nd

Play to Learn is a FREE collaborative program for children ages six and Read More

PSAT Practice Test

Sep. 26th

The PSAT is changing. Will you be ready? Take Kaplan’s free New PSAT Read More

Play to Learn in the Community

Sep. 29th

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Toddler Treasures Storytime

Oct. 2nd

Join Miss Carol for stories, songs, rhymes, and sometimes a small craft, chosen to enhance Read More

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