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When It Rains, Don’t Let Sprinklers Pour

City of Santa Barbara distributes free rain sensors for irrigation controllers

As winter approaches, so does the season for rain. To avoid leaving sprinklers on when it’s raining, get a free rain sensor from the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program.

City residents can call 805.564.5460 to schedule a free water checkup. At the checkup, if the water customer has a sprinkler timer, the city water resources specialist will hand out a rain sensor.

A rain sensor is an irrigation shutoff device that prevents an automatic irrigation controller (sprinkler timer) from turning on during and after a rainstorm.

These devices override a scheduled irrigation when a sensor on the shutoff device detects water. When the collected rainwater has evaporated from the device, scheduled irrigations resume.

— Alison Jordan is a water conservation coordinator for the city of Santa Barbara Public Works Department.

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