Walla Walla Water Watcher - 9/6/13

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Walla Walla Water Watcher

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 September: 0.76 inches

This September so far, as of noon Thursday: 0.10 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 15.67 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 16.18 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Aug. 30 – Sept. 5, precipitation was 0.09 inches as of noon Thursday and turf grass in the area used 1.140 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers four times for 12 minutes and rotor type sprinklers four times for 35 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Install a water barrel/container in the garden to collect the rain water. This will mean you always have water to use for watering the garden without the need to use fresh water from the hose.

• Using mulch on the garden will help the soil retain water so you won’t have to water the garden as often.

• Water your garden in the coolest part of the day, generally in the morning. Avoid watering on windy days.

• Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.

• Install water saving shower heads and low flow faucet aerators.

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