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: .020 inches
This July so far: 0.0 inches
Soil moisture content: Normal
This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.17 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 15.16 million gallons per day.
Water use guidelines
For the week of July 3-9, precipitation was 0.00 inches and turf grass in the area used 2.13 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers six times for 15 minutes and rotor-type sprinklers six times for 54 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.
Yard care and water savings tips
• Repair bare or weakened areas in your yard. Weeds take hold in bare spots in your lawn and in areas where the turf is weakened. Fill in bald spots in your yard in the early spring by sprinkling grass seed and lightly raking, then watering. If the lawn is thin in spots, add fertilizer to strengthen the grass.
• Watch for weed growth near driveways and walkways. Weeds gain a foothold in areas where high temperatures can damage cool-season grass, such as along the edges of driveways, walkways, and patios. The hardscape raises the temperature of the surrounding lawn. Pull out any weeds that emerge in these areas immediately so that seeds do not sprout and spread throughout the yard.
• Inspect your irrigation system once a month while it is operating. Look for leaks or heads that are plugged or misdirected.