Walla Walla Water Watcher - 5/9/14

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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 May: 0.95 inches

This May so far: 0.3 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 10.82 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 9.30 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of May 1-7, precipitation was 0.23 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.26 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers three times for 14 minutes and rotor type sprinklers three times for 52 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

• Remember that not all brown spots in your lawn are caused from lack of water. If you have distinct irregularly shaped brown spots — the symptoms are most severe in late summer, and the section of dead turf can be pulled up easily — the problem is probably grubs, a beetle larva. They feed on your turf’s root system and kill it. If you question what is causing your turf problem, contact the county WSU Extension Office or a nursery professional. They will probably want to see a sample of your turf.

• Take the pets outside to be bathed. Pick a dry spot in the lawn to wash them.

• Wash vehicles at a carwash that recycles its water. If washing at home, make sure the hose has a shut off valve.

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