Pierce County Library to Skip Watering Its Lawn This Summer

Lawns at the Lakewood, Parkland/Spanaway and Steilacoom locations are among those that will not get watered this summer.

Credit: Akiko Oda
Credit: Akiko Oda
Pierce County Library System officials are saying "brown is the new green" as they plan to not water the lawn at 12 of its locations this summer. 

Of the 19 library properties (18 libraries and the main processing and administrative center), the Library will not water the lawn this summer at 12 locations that have grass. 

If you could save money and resources by not watering your lawn this summer, would you do the same? Tell us in the comments below.

Those include: Bonney Lake, Buckley, Eatonville, Fife, Graham, Lakewood, Parkland/Spanaway, South Hill, Steilacoom, Summit and Sumner Pierce County Libraries, as well as the Processing and Administrative business office. 

By not watering its lawn, Marketing & Community Relations Director Mary Getchell said it'll save money and water resources for the Library System. 

"The Library System anticipates $8,300 in savings from not watering and mowing less," she said. "At all locations that have shrubs we will continue the minimal watering of those, as they are not all drought tolerant and we certainly do not want to replace them—the shrubs do not rebound in the fall as grass does."

In the Pacific Northwest homeowners and businesses often go without watering their lawns, and the grass rebounds in the fall.

Library officials will share and discuss these plans at their upcoming board meeting on Wednesday, June 12.

The Board of Trustees will meet at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.


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