Walla Walla Water Watcher - 8/15/14

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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: 0.190 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.51 million gallons per day.

Last week’s average water use: 16.97 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of Aug. 7-13, precipitation was 0.08 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.79 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray-type sprinklers five times for 14 minutes and rotor-type sprinklers five times for 52

minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates; adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• By giving your bathroom a water-efficiency makeover with Water Sense labeled toilets and faucets, you could save more than 11,000 gallons annually.

• Installing a Water Sense labeled aerator is one of the most cost-effective ways to save water. Also consider replacing the entire faucet with a Water Sense labeled model. Either way, you can increase the faucet’s efficiency by 30 percent without sacrificing performance.

• Repair dripping faucets and showerheads. A rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.

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