Walla Walla Water Watcher - 8/23/13

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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: 0.25 inches

This August so far: 0.16 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.88 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 17.34 million gallons per day.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Don’t overuse hoses or sprinklers in hot weather. A sprinkler can use as much water in an hour as a family of four will use in a day.

• It is better to water in the morning when the temperature is lower and evaporation is less.

• Research your plants, some actually thrive in drier conditions and will not benefit from over watering.

• Use a sponge and a bucket of water to clean your car. If you use a hose, ensure you use a shut off nozzle so the water is not constantly running.

• Keep cool water in the fridge so you do not need to run water down the sink to have a cold drink.

• Think before throwing used water down the drain. For example, water in a pan after cooking could be reused for watering plants around the house when cooled down.

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