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Spokane asks for voluntary reduction of water use

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The Mayor and Council are asking citizens to take steps to reduce their water use this summer. The Mayor and Council are asking citizens to take steps to reduce their water use this summer.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Already in a statewide drought and triple digit temperatures expected for the next few days, Mayor David Condon and the City of Spokane want you to begin conserving water.

The City of Spokane is asking residents and businesses to take the following steps:

  • Don't sprinkle between noon and 6 p.m. Some experts estimate that 50 percent of the water evaporates when sprinkling in the heat of the day. Morning watering is considered best as the water doesn't sit on the roots overnight, which can cause problems with root rot or fungal disease.
  • Switch to watering your lawn every other day, rather than every day. Infrequent and deep watering is better. This schedule will encourage the roots of a lawn to grow more deeply, allowing them to draw water from the soil more effectively.
  • Don't let your hose run. While washing a car, use a nozzle or shut off the faucet until the water is needed. Running a 5/8-inch hose for 30 minutes wastes up to 150 gallons of water.
  • Don't water on windy days, and turn your sprinklers off when it rains.

“Our water is a precious resource. While Spokane is fortunate to have a good supply of clean drinking water in the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, that resource is not unlimited,” Mayor Condon said in a press release on Friday. “We need to use our water wisely.”

Other tips include:

- Leaving lawn clippings on the lawn to act as a natural mulch. 

- Leave grass three inches high after mowing. 

- One inch a week of water is watering "rule of thumb" suggested for most lawns. Experts suggest infrequent and deep watering over frequent and shallow watering to encourage roots of your lawn to grow more deeply. The deeper the roots the better your lawn can draw water from the soil. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that nationally, lawn care and landscaping accounts for more than 30 percent of water use in the United States.

- Another way to reduce water use is to add a smart controller to irrigation systems that measure the moisture in content in the soil and avoid overwatering. A hose timer can help do the same thing for those who don't have automatic sprinkler systems



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