Logan residents asked to conserve water with canal disabled

Logan city officials are asking residents to conserve as much water as possible in light of the Logan and Northern Canal being disabled from Saturday’s landslide on the Island.City representatives issued a press release prior to a noon briefing Tuesday saying that the city wants to help residents and agricultural users in the valley whose livelihood depends on the canal.”Logan City would like to encourage our customers and residents to conserve water,” the release reads. “Every drop you save will help us to further meet our community’s water needs.”The city offered the following tips to help conserve water.• In these hot temperatures, a lot of ornamental grasses actually go dormant and may look stressed in the heat of the day. A good way to test if they really need water is to walk across them. If the grass springs back when you move your foot, the grass doesn’t need water.• When you do water your grass, deep soak your lawn after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m. rather than use several light irrigations. The deep soaking will get the water down to the roots where it is needed and minimize the evaporation of water from the surface. It will also make it unnecessary to water every day. Normally once every three to four days is sufficient.• While the heat is in the upper 90s, plan on your grass using about .20 to .25 inches of water every day. This means that if you water every three to four days, plan on watering long enough to place .75 to one inch of water each irrigation and water less frequently. To determine when to water your grass, learn to use the

<a href=”http://extension.usu.edu/agweather”>USU Extension Web site</a>

and watch the “drainage farm” south of Logan along U.S. Highway 89/91. This site will tell you how much moisture your turf grass is using over a seven-day period. Use the average water demand for turf grass over the seven-day period to estimate when you will need to water again.• Do not cut your grass shorter than 2.5 inches during the summer. This will also help to limit evaporation from the soil and reduce stress on your grass.Other sources for information can be found at the following links.

<a href=”http://www.conservewater.utah.gov”>Conserve Water Utah</a>

<a href=”http://www.slowtheflow.org”>Slow the Flow</a>

<a href=”http://weberbasin.com/wc_tips.php”>Weber Basin</a>

<a href=”http://www.slcgov.com/utilities/conservation/default.htm”>SLCGov</a>

For more information, contact the Logan City Water Division at 716-9620.

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