Walla Walla Water Watcher - 9/27/13

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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 September: .76 inches

This September so far: 1.01 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 12.91 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 13.42 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Sept. 20-26, precipitation was 0.440 inches and turf grass in the area used 0.736 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers once for 12 minutes and rotor type sprinklers once for 44 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Adjust sprinklers so they are not spraying water on paved surfaces such as the sidewalk or driveway.

• Check water bills for any instances of high water use, as this may be an indication of a leak.

• Only use the washing machine and dishwasher when you can put on a full load. It wastes both water and energy to run only a half full machine.

• Let your pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.

• Buy an instant water heater for your kitchen sink so you don’t waste water while it heats up.

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