WALLA WALLA WATER WATCHER 8-16-13

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WW 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/moisture

Last August: 0.25 inches

This August so far: 0.12 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Chinook return

Fish monitoring begins again on Sept. 1.

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 17.34 million gallons per day.

Last week’s average water use: 16.34 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Aug. 9-15, precipitation was 0.0 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.651 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers five times for 14 minutes and rotor type sprinklers three times for 83 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care/water tips

• Improve poor lawns with aeration, over seeding and top-dressing with compost.

• Aerate in spring or fall to improve root development and water penetration.

• Follow by overseeding thin areas. Ask your local nursery for grass seed blends adapted to our area.

• Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.

• Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.

• Don’t leave the hose running while washing your car.

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