Walla Walla Water Watcher

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Facts and tips on water usage and conservation are presented weekly by the City of Walla Walla, in partnership with Walla Walla Community College and the Union Bulletin.

Precipitation and moisture

Last August: 0.05 inches

This August so far: 0.00 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Chinook salmon return numbers

The year’s fish numbers in the Walla Walla River counted at Nursery Street Bridge in Milton Freewater are spring Chinook, 398; steelhead, 839.

Data collected by The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation Department of Natural Resources; funding provided by Bonneville Power Administration.

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 17.76 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 17.77 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Aug. 11-17, precipitation was 0.00 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.78 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers 5 times for 14 minutes each and rotor type sprinklers 5 times for 53 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

Save money and water with low-flow fixtures and appliances. An average family uses 127,000 gallons of water per year! Low-flow appliances and fixtures can help reduce that number.

Faucet: If a normal faucet is run for four minutes a day it can use up to 4,000 gallons a year. A water-saving faucet can save more than 1,000 gallons of water per year, a savings of 1-2 percent on your water bill.

Washing machines: If you do just two loads every week in a typical washer, you use about 5,000 gallons a year. A water-saving washer would save more than 2,000 gallons of water per year, a savings of 2-5 percent on your water bill, not to mention electricity or gas used to heat the water.

Shower head: If every other day you took a 15-minute shower, you would use 19,000 gallons a year. A water-saving shower head would save more than 12,000 gallons per year per person, a savings of 9-12 percent on your water bill.

Toilet: If a toilet is flushed 15 times per day, it uses 33,000 gallons a year. A water-saving toilet would save more than 24,000 gallons of water per year, a savings of 15-18 percent on your water bill.

If all US households installed water-saving fixtures and appliances, it would save 5.4 billon gallons a day, worth $11.3 million dollars. In just one year, this amounts to 2 trillion gallons of water saved, which is worth more than $4 billion dollars.

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