drought

Drought Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Water Delivery Schedule

May 19, 2015 Press Release – Mandatory watering schedule to begin May 31, 2015

Retraining Your Lawn  –  Learn tips for preparing your lawn for a low water year.

Watering Tips from KID –  Do you need a few suggestions on ways to conserve water or to landscape more intelligently for a drier climate?

How Things Work  –  Find out what is paid for with your assessment dollars.

Drought Plan  –  Read about what is in the District’s toolbox to prepare for and respond to low water conditions.

Information from the Washington Department of Ecology:

2015 Washington Drought  –  View the formal drought declaration and updated water supply information.

Information from the Benton Conservation District:

Xeriscaping  –  The Benton Conservation District has developed a program to assist landowners with the implementation of Xeriscaping in the Tri-Cities.

Native Plant Nurseries and Grower Locations – A resource, including a list of helpful books, for anyone interested in planting native and low-water vegetation.

Plant Hardiness – Go here and enter your zip code or select Washington to help determine which plants will do best in your area.

Irrigation  –  Information for irrigators on fish screening, irrigation efficiency conversions and irrigation water management.

Arizona’s Water – Use It Wisely Campaign:

100+ Ways to Conserve  –  When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact. Here you can sort through nearly 200 water-saving tips, download and print tip posters or share your favorites on social media.

University of Washington Extension of Benton and Franklin Counties:

Watering Tips  –  Your local WSU Extension Service Master Gardener can be called at (509) 736-2726. Master Gardeners are usually available at their offices (5600 W Canal Place in Kennewick) from 10:00 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Water Supply Update from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

USBR Water Forecast  –  As of May 4, 2015, an estimated 47 percent supply is expected for junior water rights.