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Did you know that over half of household water use, on average, goes to maintaining yards and landscapes? That’s why improving outdoor watering efficiency by installing a smart sprinkler controller is one of the best and easiest ways for homeowners to reduce their overall water usage, save money and keep their yards healthy and beautiful throughout the year.

Smart sprinkler controllers reduce outdoor water use by monitoring and using information about site conditions (such as soil moisture, rain, wind, slope, soil, plant type, and more), and applying the right amount of water based on those factors—not too much and not too little—to maintain healthy growing conditions.

For example:

  • During hot weather, plants require more water than during cooler periods. “Smart” controllers adjust the amount of water applied accordingly.
  • If significant rainfall occurs, rain sensors compensate by reducing the amount of water as appropriate.
  • If you have a soil type that absorbs water very slowly or a property with steep slopes, “smart” controllers will use that information and apply less water, more frequently, to minimize run-off.

Smart controllers work properly only when the entire sprinkler system is working optimally. That’s why it’s important to conduct a full sprinkler system inspection, or audit, prior to installing a new “smart” controller. The system inspection will check for leaks, malfunctioning hardware, water pressure, site coverage and uniformity, and other related issues that might impact the effectiveness of your entire system. Repairing these problems will ensure your smart controller is able to deliver the benefits promised.