Originally published August 3, 2013 at 05:17p.m., updated August 3, 2013 at 05:17p.m.
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: .01 inches
This August so far: 0.03 inches
Soil moisture content: Normal
Chinook salmon return numbers
Fish numbers in the Walla Walla River counted at Nursery Street Bridge in Milton Freewater
as of July 31 are 97 spring Chinook and 503 steelhead. These are final numbers until
monitoring begins again on Sept. 1.
Data collected by The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation Department of Natural
Resources; funding provided by Bonneville Power Administration.
This week’s average water use by all city customers: 17.12 million gallons per day. Last week’s
average water use: 17.97 million gallons per day.
Water use guidelines
For the week of July 26-Aug. 1, precipitation was 0.02 inches and turf grass in the area
used 1.747 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should
have run spray type sprinklers 5 times for 14 minutes and rotor type sprinklers 3 times for 88
minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for
Yard care and water savings tips
• While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
• To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the
• If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don’t throw them in
the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
• When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it
to water your trees or shrubs.
• Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.