Public Works Engineering & Construction Standards

Design Standards Manual Preface

The City Standards for Public Works Engineering and Construction Manual has been prepared to provide a graphic and written representation of minimum standards for construction of public improvements within the public right-of-way, easements, city properties and on private property relating to utilities which are connected to the basic city utility system. The application of this manual has been coordinated with the latest edition of the Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge and Municipal Construction, published by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the American Public Works Association.

This manual was compiled by staff of both the Office of the City Engineer and Public Works Department of the City of Puyallup, representing years of field and design experience. The intent is to achieve maximum uniformity of engineering and construction practices within the City of Puyallup.

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Recent Revisions to City Standards

The City Standards for Public Works Engineering and Construction Manual should be considered a "living document" and is subject to updates and revisions. To aid professional engineers, planners, developers, home owners and any other design professional, recent revisions to City Standards will be listed in the below table for a one (1) year period from date of approval.

What Section of Standards was revised?
What was modified?
Date Approved
Section 205.1 - Stormwater Facilities Maintenance
Note 1 - All publicly owned and maintained stormwater tracts/parcels shall be fenced at the property line. Fencing shall meet the minimum requirements of City Standard Detail 06.01.08 - Type 1, Chain Link Fence.
March 2018
Detail 01.01.20 - Street Patch
- A major revision to the previously adopted street patching detail was made to require a minimum full-lane width 2" grind and overlay when pavement disturbance exceeds a 10" diameter core. The minimum length of a street patch is 18'. No longitudinal joints will be allowed in the wheel path.
March 2018
Section 301.1 - Water Mains
Note 6 - Revised to include hydrostatic testing Standard Specification 7-09.3(23).
Note 8 - Revised to include outside edge of pipe measurement requirement.
Note 12 - Revised wording to indicate that all water structures require the 10 feet separation from woody landscape plants.
Note 13 (New) - The City will be requiring detectable marking tape, meeting Standard Specification 9-15.18, to be installed on all new water mains and water service lines.
February 2018
Section 301.2 - Fire Hydrants
Note 7 (New)  - A 3' radius clear zone requirement was added to all hydrants to provide access/working area for use.
Note 8 - Additional overhead (vertical) clearance requirements were added to address overreaching branches adjacent to fire hydrants.
Note 9 (New) - A 50' minimum sight distance from roadway in each direction of travel is required to be provided and maintained on all fire hydrants.
February 2018
Section 302.1 - Irrigation Systems
Note 1 - Revised "immediately" to "three (3) feet" for location of DCVA from water meter.
Note 2 - Revised "immediately" to "three (3) feet" for location of irrigation branch connection from residential water meter.
Note 3 - Added references to standard details of RPBA.
Note 4 - Referenced annual backflow testing requirements and location to which test results should be sent for backflow testing.
February 2018
Section 302.2 - Commercial and Industrial Uses
Note 2 - Revised multi-family building requirements to specify a minimum requirement of a DCVA subject to the requirements of WAC 246-290-490 Table 9 facilities for possible upgrading.
Note 3 - Revised "immediately" to "three (3) feet" for location of DCVA/RPBA from water meter. Added reference to standard detail of DCVA.
Note 4 (New) - Referenced backflow testing requirements for DCVAs and RPBAs.
February 2018
Section 302.3 - Fire Service Connections
Note 3 - Revised "prior to use of water system" to "prior to occupancy of the building and annually thereafter." Added location to which test results should be sent for backflow testing.
Note 7 - Revised "civil engineer" to "state licensed professional civil engineer."
February 2018
Section 302.4 - Additional Water Quality Requirements (New Section Name)
- Revised to provide a section title. All other information is the same.
February 2018

Section 304 - Water System Plan Notes
Note 8 - Added Capital Improvement Project (CIP) exception of contractor paid bacterial testing.
Note 12 - Revised to include hydrostatic testing Standard Specification 7-09.3(23).
February 2018
Detail 03.01.01 - Water Valves and Mains
- Increased minimum compacted asphalt thickness to 4 inches
- Note 7 (New) - Added Detectable Marking Tape requirement
February 2018
Detail 03.01.02 - Valve Marker Post
- Revised rock specification to reference Note 2, City Standard 06.01.01
February 2018
Detail 03.01.03-1 - Water Main Crossing Other Utilities
- Revised measurement specifications to be "measured from outer edge of pipe to outer edge of pipe."
February 2018
Detail 03.02.01-1 - Horizontal Thrust Blocking
- Added column references that can be used on Standard Detail 03.02.01-3 for quick reference.
- Revised compression strength of concrete thrust blocking to be a minimum of 3,000 psi meeting WSDOT Spec. 7-09.3(23).
February 2018
Detail 03.02.01-3 - Thrust Blocking Table
- Removed volume calculation for thrust block size determination
February 2018
Detail 03.03.01 - 3/4" or 1" Water Service Connection
- Revised Note 6 to require water service line to be bedded in washed sand.
- Revised Note 9 to read, "All poly pipe shall be high density poly (iron pipe size) meeting ASTM D-2239-SIDR 7, blue in color, 200 psi minimum."
February 2018
Detail 03.03.02 - 1-1/2" to 2" Water Service Connection
- Removed duplicate water valve information and referenced City Standard 03.01.01 for construction standards for valves.
- Revised Note 5 to require water service line to be bedded in washed sand.
- Revised Note 6 to read, "All poly pipe shall be high density poly (iron pipe size) meeting ASTM D-2239-SIDR 7, blue in color, 200 psi minimum."
- Added Note 9 a valve box and cover in lieu of the previous specified 8" PVC pipe.
February 2018
Detail 03.03.03 - 3"- 4"- 6" Water Service
- Removed Flanged Spool and replaced with Flange x Plain End Spool with Flanged Coupling Adaptor on entrance pipe to meter.
February 2018
Detail 03.04.02 - 2" and Smaller Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly Installation
- Combined notes of previous City Standard 03.04.02-2 to this detail and removed 03.04.02-2 from standards.
- Revised note callouts to remove 03.04.02-2 reference.
February 2018
Detail 03.05.01 - Fire Hydrant Assembly
- Added "#8" to Note 4, Tacoma Steamer Port Thread specification.
- Added Note 12 specifying clear zone requirements and woody landscape horizontal and vertical clearances.
February 2018
Detail 03.06.01 - 2" Blow-Off Assembly
- Removed duplicate water valve information and referenced City Standard 03.01.01 for construction standards for valves.
- Revised pipe callout to read, "2" high density poly (iron pipe size) meeting ASTM D-2239-SIDR 7, blue in color, 200 psi min. bedded in washed sand."
February 2018
Detail 03.07.01 - Air/Vacuum Valve
- Removed duplicate water valve information and referenced City Standard 03.01.01 for construction standards for valves.
- Revised pipe callout to read, "2" high density poly (iron pipe size) meeting ASTM D-2239-SIDR 7, blue in color, 200 psi minimum. (See Note 2)"
- Added pipe bedding requirement for pipe and fittings to be in washed sand and cover with 1-1/2" crushed rock conforming to WSDOT Specification 9-03.12(3).
February 2018
Detail 03.08.01 - Sampling Station
- Added Note 4 specifying that copper and brass are to be bedded in washed sand.
- Added Note 5 specifying minimum horizontal and vertical clearances for sampling stations.
February 2018
Detail 03.09.01 - Pressure Reducing Station
- Revised Construction Note Callouts to numbers in lieu of lettering for detail uniformity
February 2018
Detail 06.01.02 - Manhole Frame and Cover
- Olympic Foundary MH41 Ring and Hinge Puyallup Cover has been added to City Pre-Approved Products list.
- Note 2 was added specifying that manhole frames and covers should be placed outside of pedestrian pathways. Manhole frame and covers that require placement within pedestrian pathways require compliance with ADA regulations.
February 2018