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
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.