Tumwater On Tap

May 2013

Welcome Councilmember M. John Way


The Tumwater City Council voted to appoint M. John Way to fill vacant Council Position No. 4 at the meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The position was vacated by retiring Councilmember Betsy Spath in April 2013.
Councilmember Way is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, holds a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law, and LL.M. from the University of Washington School of Law. He has worked in estate, business and tax planning, and litigation at a local law firm for the past six years. Councilmember Way also serves as Treasurer for the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce, Past President for the South Puget Sound Estate Planning Council, and is a member of the Professional Advisors Committee for the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.

Councilmember Way's appointment is effective through the general election in November.

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Pay Your Tumwater
Utility Bill Online!
A new online payment
service is now available.

Visit Utility Payments on
the City website.





Let's Become the Greenest
City in Puget Sound!
Help the City of Tumwater
earn a solar demonstration
project when you sign up
 for green power in 2013.
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for more info.


Summer Construction Project Provides Upgrades to Water System  

Beginning approximately June 3, construction will begin on the Sapp/Rural/Linwood Water System Improvement Project. These improvements will not only upgrade old and under-sized water mains, they will also create several efficiencies in the water delivery system to improve water service, even pressures throughout the service area, and save significant dollars in annual energy costs.

Homes and neighborhoods in the impacted zone will experience interruptions in traffic and water service throughout the summer. Although interruption will be kept to a minimum, several road closures are anticipated in order to complete the work. A project overview will be mailed to those homes and businesses in the construction zone, see attached map of impacted project area. 

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1.5 million with the majority of funds coming from the water utility's capital facilities fund and approximately $50,000 in fees derived from fiber conduit leases.

Work is expected to begin on June 3rd, with project completion by the end of September.

Those interested in receiving project updates and notifications for anticipated interruptions are encouraged to sign up to receive the City's Construction Alerts and Updates email list (link below). Project updates will be available on the City's website throughout the summer as well. For more information, please call (360) 754-4140. 

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Tree Removal at City Hall


Trees provide countless benefits to our community, but unfortunately, they have a limited life span and occasionally need to be removed or replaced. Thus is the fate of the Kwanzan Cherry trees located on the Tumwater City Hall campus.


The City's contract forester evaluated the cherry trees and recommended that they be removed due to Brown Rot (a fungal organism ) and parasites (infestation of an insect larvae). In addition, this species of tree has a shallow root system that has caused damage to the surrounding sidewalks and building which will worsen over time. 

View the City Hall Cherry Tree Evaluation report.


Removal of these trees will take place in phases with the trees closest to the front of the City Hall facility taken out sometime this spring (trees 4, 8, and 9 in the report's aerial photo). The remaining trees identified in the report and aerial photo will be removed after completion of a City Hall campus master plan that is currently underway.


Please contact Chris Carlson, Permit Manager at or call (360) 754-4180 with questions related to the tree removal or the City's Tree Board. 


Let's Make Tumwater the Greenest City in Puget Sound

The City of Tumwater has a commitment to sustainability, both in our City services and in our community. Last year, we conducted energy assessments on city facilities, partnered with Thurston Energy to encourage home energy audits, and along with Puget Sound Energy, conducted energy conservation visits to many Tumwater businesses.

As a result of this work, we've installed more efficient lighting at City Hall, and are in the process of upgrading the heating system in conjunction with the Police Department expansion.  And we've partnered with the Timberland Regional Library and Friends of the Tumwater Library to add a 2nd door to the library entrance to keep the heat in and the cold air out.  We think this work not only makes business sense, it also helps protect the environment, and makes our city more resilient to future increases in energy costs.

Our staff continue to look for opportunities to reduce our community's energy usage and use more sustainable forms of energy.  That's why we have decided to take on Puget Sound Energy's Green Power Challenge for 2013. Over 450 of your friends and neighbors already participate by buying green power.  If another 100 Tumwater households and businesses sign up for PSE's Green Power program by December 31, our city will earn $20,000 for a solar demonstration project. Tumwater is competing with Anacortes, Kirkland, Snoqualmie, and Bainbridge to enroll the highest percentage of new participants. If we do that we'll earn $20,000 more, for a total of $40,000. That's enough green to make Tumwater even more sustainable! 

To learn more, visit the City of Tumwater website.


 Tumwater City employees competed in the 2013 St. Martin's University Dragon Boat Races on April 27.
Team Tumwater won first place in the Community Division.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855