Walla Walla Water Watcher - 8/1/14

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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 July: 0.02 inches

This July so far: 0.13 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 17.59 million gallons per day.

Last week’s average water use: 17.58 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of July 24-30, precipitation was 0.0 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.97 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray-type sprinklers six times for 14 minutes and rotor-type sprinklers six times for 50 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Try not to overwater landscaping. Learn plants’ water needs and water different types appropriately.

• Replace your clothes washer, the second largest water user in your home (your toilet is the first), with Energy Star-rated washers that also have a Water Factor at or lower than 9.5, which use 35 to 50 percent less water and 50 percent less energy per load. This saves money on both water and energy bills.

• Insulate water pipes. It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-silt foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

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