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The city of Spokane is looking at short and long term plans to improve its water use inefficiencies. The city of Spokane is looking at short and long term plans to improve its water use inefficiencies.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The city of Spokane is looking at short and long term plans to improve its water use inefficiencies.

“This year we're taking a closer look because we are seeing those drought conditions and we are really concerned about the water levels this year,” says Marlene Feist with the Utilities division.

The city has asked its residents to voluntarily reduce water usage, but also reevaluating its own usage, particularly in the parks system.

“In some cases we are not watering as efficiently as we could,” she says.

Staff has to manually shut off the water at some of the parks. That means watering usually takes place when it's hottest, which some say doesn't make sense.

“You don't want to water grass when it's in the dead heat,” says Tisha Veldran. “You want to either do it in the morning or right at sunset when the heat's not so hot so that way the water absorbs and the grass doesn't die.”

Franklin and Comstock Parks are expected to get additional controls for irrigation this year to improve efficiency. Other long terms plans include improvements at golf courses like Indian Canyon and Esmeralda.

“The more water we can save on things like irrigation and showers provides us more opportunity to the really important use of water which is to provide drinking water to about 500,000 people in our region,” Feist says.

The city estimates 12.5 million gallons of water was placed in Franklin Park between July 15 and September 15 of 2014. They say the improvements should create significant savings, but they don’t have an estimate on that yet.

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