Walla Walla Water Watcher - 8/30/13

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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: 0.01 inches

This August so far: 0.17 inches

Soil moisture content

Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.18 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 16.88 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Aug. 23-29, precipitation was 0.010 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.569 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers five times for 13 minutes and rotor type sprinklers five times for 47 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Cover pools and spas to avoid evaporation when not in use.

• Check the level in your pool using a grease pencil. Your pool shouldn’t lose more than one-quarter inch each day. If it is losing more, check elsewhere for leaks.

• Change your lawn mower to a 3-inch clipping height and try not to cut off more than one-third of the grass height when you mow.

• Apply as little fertilizer to your lawn as possible. Applying excess fertilizer increases water consumption and actually creates more mowing for you. Use iron-based fertilizers to simply “green-up” your lawn instead.

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