Walla Walla Water Watcher - 7/26/13


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 July: .40 inches

This July so far: 0.02 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 25, 2013, are Spring Chinook 95, Steelhead 548.

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: 17.97 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 17.89 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of July 19-July 25, precipitation was 0.00 inches and turf grass in the area used 2.256 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers 7 times for 13 minutes and rotor type sprinklers 4 times for 85 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

Voluntary water conservation efforts are being requested July 30 and 31.

The Water Division has scheduled preventative maintenance work at our Mill Creek water diversion site on July 30 and 31. Due to the nature of the work, Mill Creek, our main water source will not be available and we will be switching over to our groundwater sources (well water) to meet water demands. During this time, we ask all water customers to limit their use of water for irrigation.

Customers may notice that the water is somewhat warmer, and that it may taste a little different than what you are accustomed to. Please be assured that, regardless of which water is being delivered, it meets all Federal and State drinking water standards.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Water Division at 509-527-4380.


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