Water Watcher 8/10/14

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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 August: 0.169 inches.

This August so far: 0.002 inches.

Soil moisture content: Normal.

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.97 million gallons per day.

Last week’s average water use: 17.59 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of July 31-Aug. 6, precipitation was 0.00 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.9 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators this week should have run spray-type sprinklers six times for 13 minutes and rotor-type sprinklers six times for 48 minutes. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Most bugs are good bugs. Only about 5 percent of the bugs in your yard are pests. “Good bugs” like the ground beetle and the green lacewing help control pests.

• Accept a little damage. Give nature time to work. Natural predators often bring pests under control, but they need time to work. Don’t spray at the first sign of damage, nature may control it for you or plants often just outgrow the damage.

• Use a variety of plants, so if pests attack one plant others can fill its place.

• Clean up diseased plants and compost dead plants in fall to reduce hiding places for insect pests.

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