The Kennewick Irrigation District is allowing customers to spot water parts of their lawns that are showing signs of distress.
The change is being made because cooler temperatures have increased the amount of water available to the irrigation district, according to a news release. Watering will be allowed outside of the district’s established schedule for up to 30 minutes per day per area using a hose.
Spot watering will be available through July 31, with lower flows expected in the Yakima River by the end of the week.
Metered customers will be contacted by the district’s customer service team.
The current schedule limits residential use to 30 minutes per zone two times a week on a set schedule.
But whether spot watering is allowed changes based on the weather and water usage farther up the basin, irrigation district Engineering Manager Jason McShane told the Herald. It was removed last week.
“It’s unpredictable,” he said.