Good water supply predicted for Yakima Basin

— The United States Bureau of Reclamation released a preliminary forecast of a full water supply for Yakima Basin irrigation districts.

The information received is an early estimate. Conditions and water available to Kennewick Irrigation District can change throughout the season due to things such as lack of precipitation or increased air temperatures. Though the district is a pro-ratable water right holder, it is anticipating a near full annual water allotment for the 2018 water season, and does not anticipate the need for restrictions or mandatory enforcement of watering schedules, at this time.

The district would like to remind customers that wise water use is always encouraged. We live in a region which receives an average of only 7 inches of precipitation per year. The district urges customers to retrain lawns to grow deeper roots which better withstand dry periods by watering turf grass less frequently, but for longer durations. Other water wise ideas include use of high efficiency watering systems, replacing water thirsty lawn grass and planting vegetation with low-water requirements.

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