Walla Walla Water Watcher - 6/27/14

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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: 1.620 inches

This June so far: 0.9 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 16.18 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 13.58 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of June 19-25, precipitation was 0.00 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.650 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 50 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Tips for a Green summer Lawn

• Keep your lawn a little long. Longer lawns do a better job of retaining water and standing up to heat. If you can, wait for a cooler day to mow and you will minimize water loss.

• Skip the lawn fertilizer. Extreme heat and lawn fertilizer are a bad combination. You’re likely to damage you lawn. If you can, fertilize your lawn in the fall.

• Water in the early morning. Early morning watering is a good idea for lawn care throughout the year, but during extreme heat, it is particularly useful in fighting evaporation.

• Water deeply. Light and frequent watering may seem like a good idea for a parched lawn. However, a deep watering two or three times a week works best, particularly during hot weather. Deeper watering helps the lawn extend its roots deeper into the soil.

• Mow late or early. Don’t mow your lawn in the blazing sun of a 90-degree day. Skip the heat stroke and wait until evening.

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