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City of Puyallup

Water, Summer, Green Grass and Your Utility Bill

With summer in full swing, it’s a good time to remember the effect that increasing your water usage during the warmer months can have on your utility bill.

Since Puyallup’s water rate structure is designed to encourage conservation, higher water usage can elevate customers into the second tier of water rates. The first 1,000 cubic feet (cf) of water is billed at $1.90 per cf; the next 1,400 cf is billed at $2.56 per cf, and anything above 2,400 cf is billed at $3.44 per cf.

Because the second tier of water rates results in a higher charge of about 35% more per gallon, using more water can result in a bill higher than you might expect.

One way to conserve water is to turn on your sprinklers early in the morning, but how early? Answer: Between 4 and 8 a.m., because less water will evaporate in the cooler air and more will soak into the ground.

Other ways to help reduce the amount of water your lawn needs include keeping the grass cut no lower than three to 3.5 inches (so mow high rather than low) and leaving the clippings in place.

Would you believe that oftentimes, the best time to water can be AFTER it rains? It's true, and Cliff Mass can tell you why. To learn more about how to conserve water while using sprinklers, check out his blog where he explains hydrophobicity, the advantage of large vs. small droplets, and other considerations involving vapor pressure deficits, outdoor air convections and diurnal winds.

The City is accepting applications for city sponsorship of community special events to be hosted in 2017. All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 29 to the City Clerk's Office. Call (253) 841-5480 for more information.


August 10th, 4:30 pm in the South Hill Mall Community Room. More information here.


Are you interested to know how the Adaptive Traffic Signal control system on Meridian and the bypass works? A summary, including information on how travel times have improved since its implementation, is available here.

Join us Tuesday afternoons for Noon Tunes for Kids and Thursday evenings for the popular Concerts in the Park. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, snacks, and the family to enjoy some great music. Concessions are available, pets are welcome, and it's free!

Want to learn more about the proposed industrial park development in the Shaw-Pioneer area? Click here.

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Minecraft: Summer Young Builders Competition

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Young Minecrafters take over the library meeting room!  Play with friends and meet other fanatics.  Read More

Bonsai Basics- Program and Book Signing

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Reading with a Doggie Friend

Jul. 27th

Rhys the Border Collie loves listening to a good book, maybe even more than playing Read More

Discover Puyallup's History! Visit the Library's History Room

Jul. 27th

History at your finger tips! The Puyallup Public Library is offering a program that opens Read More

Planning Commission Meeting

Jul. 27th

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

Magic: The Gathering Tournament

Jul. 27th

Calling all Magic: The Gathering players! Join us for a tournament at the library, using Read More

Design Review & Historic Preservation Board Meeting

Jul. 28th

The Board will hold a public hearing to consider the naming of a city facility Read More

Creative Yoga

Jul. 29th

Experience the benefits of yoga through interactive storytelling and creative movement.  Play along with yoga Read More

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