Walla Walla Water Watcher - 5/16/14

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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: 0.76 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 11.32 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 10.82 million gallons per day.

Yard care and water savings tips

Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants. If you are planting a new lawn, or over seeding an existing lawn, use drought resistant grasses such as the new “Eco-Lawn.”

Many beautiful shrubs and plants thrive with far less watering than other species. Replace herbaceous perennial borders with native plants. Native plants will use less water and be more resistant to local plant diseases. Consider applying the principles of xeriscape for a low-maintenance, drought resistant yard.

Plant slopes with plants that will retain water and help reduce runoff.

Group plants according to watering needs.

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