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: .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.

Water usage

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

local conditions.

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

shower.

• 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.

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