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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  |  April 2014
Tumwater's fire insurance rating gets upgraded
topInvestments in fire service improvements are paying dividends. The City received news this week from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) that Tumwater's fire insurance rating was upgraded from a five (5) to a four (4). 


The WSRB uses a scale of 1-10 to represent the capacity of the community's services to address fire safety and suppression needs. The rating is used by insurance companies to assess risk and set rates in the community. Because of the City's investment in staffing the North End Fire Station, the new commercial fire inspection program, improvements to the training program and upgrades to our water supply system our rating has been upgraded from a 5 to a 4. 


While still one step behind Lacey and Olympia's rating of three (3), Tumwater now shares the same fire rating as the much larger cities of Kirkland, Marysville, Kennewick, Auburn, and Vancouver. This rating will apply to the City and Fire District 15. 


Find more information about public safety (police and fire) service investments on the City's website under Promises Made, Promises Kept.


Celebrate Earth Day with a service project on April 19

Stewardship Work Party
Tumwater Historical Park 
777 Simmons Lane SW
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Project includes removal of invasive plants (ivy and blackberries) and planting new trees and bulbs. Tools, gloves, water and light refreshments will be provided. Boots are the suggested footwear. 

Register Early! 
We'd like to have enough tools on hand, so please contact Tumwater Parks & Recreation to register at (360) 754-4160 or email Individuals or groups are welcome. Activities for most age groups and abilities can be accommodated. Everyone under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate (see form below).
Submit the Registration Form to Tumwater Parks & Recreation or fill one out at the event.
Black Hills and Tumwater High School students have a special incentive to participate in the Stewardship Work Party on April 19. A $500 cash donation will be made to the ASB of the high school with the most participants, compliments of CENTRO.
Interested in more Volunteer Tumwater opportunities? 
Sign up for the City's new Volunteer News email list to learn about future volunteer events and programs. Or call (360) 252-5424 for more information.   
Tumwater's annual Easter Egg Dash set for April 19


eggChildren, under ten years of age, can scramble through the sports fields behind Tumwater High School to find over 20,000 colorful eggs on Saturday, April 19 at the 18th Annual Easter Egg Dash. 
There are plenty of eggs filled with candy, toys, and prize coupons for everyone. The Easter Bunny also makes a special appearance to pose for photos.  

Easter Egg Dash
Tumwater High School (behind the stadium) 
11:00 a.m. - for ages 3 and under
11:15 a.m. - for ages 4 - 6
11:30 a.m. - for ages 7 - 10
Bring a basket or bag to collect eggs! This is a free community event for children.
Questions? Contact Tumwater Parks & Recreation at (360) 754-4160 or

Single-use plastic carryout bag ban takes effect on July 1 

    Did you know?

  • On average, each single-use plastic bag is used for 12 minutes.
  • Nearly 200,000 plastic bags are buried in a landfill every hour.

bagsThurston County residents use approximately 90 million plastic shopping bags annually and it's an environmental threat. These single-use bags litter the community, increase cost to retailers, have negative marine impacts, and cause problems throughout every step of the solid waste recycling and disposal system. Read the report from Thurston County Solid Waste, "Reducing Our Use: Plastic Shopping Bags," for more information.


Last year, Tumwater, along with Thurston County and the cities of Olympia and Lacey adopted an ordinance to help reduce the impacts of single-use plastic bags in the community. 


Beginning July 1, 2014, consumers will have incentives to bring their reusable bags when they shop, because:

  • Retailers will no longer be able to distribute single-use carryout plastic bags at the point of sale. Plastic bags will still be allowed for produce, meat, bulk foods, newspapers, dry cleaning, door hangers, and take-out food.
  • Consumers will pay an additional 5 cents for each large paper grocery/shopping bag. Small paper bags will be available at no cost. (Money collected from paper carryout bag sales is income for retailers to offset the additional cost of paper bags.)

Stakeholder meetings for retailers

Additional open house information sessions, sponsored by Thurston County Solid Waste will be held on April 16 at Olympia City Hall and April 23 at Lacey City Hall. Tumwater's meeting was held on April 2. Visit Thurston County Solid Waste website for more information.



For more information, including a history of the ordinance, resources for retailers and residents, and an email list for updates, visit the Thurston County Solid Waste website or call Terri Thomas at (360) 867-2279.



City Hall 

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855