KENNEWICK -- Triple-digit temperatures forecast the next few days have prompted the Kennewick Irrigation District to offer tips on using irrigation water wisely.
The federal Bureau of Reclamation this week said KID and other junior water rights holders are forecast to receive all of their water entitlements through Sept. 30, thanks to an abundance of precipitation from April through June that eliminated an expected water shortfall.
KID customers are entitled to up to 42 inches of water per season. The district offered these tips for homeowners to manage demand:
-- Irrigate at midday. The amount of water lost to evaporation during that time is offset many times over because of reduced operational spills at the end of the canals.
Watering at midday also lessens the water use spike in the evenings and early mornings, which can cause neighborhood ponds to be drained faster than they can be filled.
-- Watering deeply three to four times a week is enough to keep lawns healthy during 100-degree days.