Walla Walla Water Watcher - 9/20/13

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Walla Walla Water Watcher - 9/20/13

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 September: 0.76 inches

This September so far: 0.62 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 13.42 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 14.72 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Sept. 13 – 19, precipitation was 0.490 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.280 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers three times for 11 minutes and rotor type sprinklers three times for 40 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Use a timer that screws onto the faucet to water just the right amount.

• Water lawns separately from other plantings. Make sure sprinklers aren’t watering the pavement too.

• Select one glass to use for drinking each day. If you do this your dishwasher will take longer to fill up and it will not need to be run as frequently.

• Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables; instead rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water. Use a dual-setting aerator.

• Installing low-flow aerators, showerheads, toilet tank banks and other water saving devices usually is a very simple operation which can be done by the homeowner and does not even require the use of tools. Water conservation at home is one of the easiest measures to put in place.

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