Kennewick Irrigation District Reports Water Outlook for the Summer is Good
Kennewick, wash. -- Good news from the Kennewick Irrigation District. The Bureau of Reclamation reports precipitation from April through June was 159% of average, which means K.I.D. and other water rights holders are forecasted to get 100% of their water entitlements through September 30th. "This has been an unusual water year," said K.I.D. District Manager Chuck Freeman. "We were activating a drought plan 90 days ago," he added. K.I.D. leaders say with temperatures forecast to be over 100 degrees this week, it's important to use water efficiently. They suggest homeowners irrigate at mid-day. The amount of water lost to evaporation with mid-day irrigating is offset many times over due to reduced operational spills at the end of the canals. Water at mid-day lessens the water usage spike that occurs in the evenings and early morning, which can cause neighborhood ponds to be drained faster than they can be filled. Watering at mid-day will not burn turf grass. Water deeply three to four times per week is sufficient to keep lawns healthy during 100+ degree days.