Walla Walla Water Watcher - 5/30/14

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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 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Precipitation and moisture

Last May: .95 inches

This May so far: .82 inches

Soil moisture content: Normal

Water usage

This week’s average water use by all city customers: 15.93 million gallons per day. Last week’s average water use: 15.06 million gallons per day.

Water use guidelines

For the week of May 22-28, precipitation was 0.03 inches and turf grass in the area used 1.48 inches of moisture, according to WSU AgWeathernet data. Home irrigators should have run spray type sprinklers four times for 15 minutes and rotor type sprinklers 4 times for 55 minutes this week. Calculations are based on average precipitation rates, please adjust for local conditions.

Yard care and water savings tips

If you wash dishes by hand, fill one half of the sink with soapy water and the other with clean water instead of letting the water run.

Cut irrigation to two to three days per week.

Add 2” to 3” of mulch around trees, plants and gardens to reduce evaporation and control water-stealing weeds.

Look for sprinklers that produce droplets, not mist, or use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation for trees and shrubs.

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