Walla Walla Water Watcher - 5/23/14


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 city customers: 15.06 million gallons per day.

Last week’s average water use: 11.32 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of May 15-21, precipitation was zero inches and turf grass in the area used 1.56 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers five times for 13 minutes and rotor-type sprinklers five times for 47 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

Water in the early morning or evening. If you water at midday, half the water evaporates.

When soil is dry or compacted it won’t absorb water quickly. If water puddles, stop watering a while then restart so the water has time to soak in.

Direct downspouts out into lawns and beds or “dry wells.”

Use compost and mulch to reduce erosion and help rain soak in.

Install a device that shuts off automatic sprinklers when it rains.


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