Walla Walla Water Watcher - 6/7/13

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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 June: 3.40 inches

This June so far: .00 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 May 30, 2013, are Spring Chinook 70, Steelhead 547.

Data collected by The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation Department of Natural Resources.

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.01 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 13.25 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week ending June 6, precipitation was .0 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.599 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet. Home irrigators should run spray type systems 5 times for 13 minutes and rotor type systems 4 times at 60 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates; adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

Practice smart watering for healthier plants and make every drop count.

Automatic irrigation systems can actually waste lots of water, or be fairly efficient, depending on how you set and maintain them:

Have a professional test, repair, and adjust your system annually.

Inspect the system while operating once a month — look for leaks or heads that are plugged or misdirected.

Install a rain shutoff device.

Adjust the watering schedule at least once a month through the season — plants need a lot less water in May and September than they do in July and August.

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