Watering in the rain

August 26th, 2013 | by Ian James | Comments

Sprinklers have been drenching lawns in the Coachella Valley in spite of the heavy rains that have flooded roads and turned dry washes into rushing rivers.

The reasons for the watering may vary from gardeners who don’t know how to adjust their sprinklers’ timers to homeowners and property managers who simply aren’t thinking about the fact that their sprinklers are running in the rain.

Options are available to cut down on watering when it’s wet outside. The Coachella Valley Water District, for instance, sells discounted smart water controllers equipped with rain sensors. When it’s raining, the controller will turn off the water automatically.

Heather Engel, a spokeswoman for CVWD, said the agency’s studies show that such smart controllers can help reduce water use by an average of 30 percent. The water district helps install and program the controllers, and offers them at discounted prices of $50 or $100 depending on the size of the system.

Other options are also available for homeowners’ associations, such as SecoSys, a device profiled in this article by K Kaufmann. SecoSys is being tested at San Marino Estates in Rancho Mirage, and in the event of rain, this system allows the user to shut off the water remotely.

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