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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.

COMMUNITY EVENT SPONSORSHIPS
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.

NEW HOPE RESOURCE CENTER
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
A meeting has been scheduled for 6 pm on Thursday, August 4th; more information available here.

OPEN HOUSE: SOUTH HILL
NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN
August 10th, 4:30 pm in the South Hill Mall Community Room. More information here.

MERIDIAN AND BYPASS
TRAFFIC SIGNAL SYSTEM
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.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK
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!

PUYALLUP VALLEY PROPOSED
WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT
Want to learn more about the proposed industrial park development in the Shaw-Pioneer area? Click here.

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