Walla Walla Water Watcher - 6/6/14

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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 June: 1.62 inches

This June so far: 0:00 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.30 million gallons per day.

Last week’s average water use: 15.93 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of May 29-June 4, precipitation was 0.00 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.85 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray-type sprinklers five times for 15 minutes and rotor-type sprinklers five times for 56 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Use a broom and a bucket of water for washing down the patio rather than a steady flow of water from the hose.

• Use a sponge and a bucket of water to clean your car. If you use the hose, ensure you use a shut-off nozzle so that the water is not constantly running.

• Install an efficient dishwasher. Technological advances in dishwashers make it possible to use less water to achieve the same goal.

• Selecting a new dishwasher that uses less water per cycle will reduce household water use. Dishwashers use less water than hand washing, particularly if you limit pre-rinsing.

• Turn off the faucet when lathering hands, shaving or brushing teeth.

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