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: 0.12 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, 2013, are Spring Chinook 97, Steelhead 503. These are the final numbers until monitoring begins again on September 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: 16.34 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 17.12 million gallons per day.
Water use guidelines
For the week of August 2 – August 8, precipitation was 0.000 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.740 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 87 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.
Yard care and water savings tips
•Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. An inch of water on a square foot of grass equals two-thirds of a gallon of water.
•When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink basin or a large container and rinse when all of the dishes have been soaped and scrubbed.
•Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
•Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
•When shopping for a new clothes washer, compare savings among Energy Star models. Some of these can save up to 20 gallons per load, and energy too.