Smart Irrigation & Why Consumers are Upgrading

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on July 4, 2022

The irrigation industry is experiencing a renaissance of technology development. Now, more than ever, consumers can find irrigation products that use advanced sensors, Wi-Fi, and app-based capability to automatically adjust watering schedules, communicate problems, and save water.

Smart Irrigation & Why Consumers are Upgrading

Smart irrigation systems irrigate landscapes efficiently. Without wasting water, these systems know when and how much to irrigate. Controllers now use real-time data to apply the right amount of water at the right time of day.

By investing in smart irrigation technologies, owners can be sure to save water, money, and time in caring for the landscape. Here are two irrigation technologies worth considering:

Weather-based controllers. These controllers adjust the irrigation schedule based on local weather conditions. There is a wide range of products produced with various weather inputs and landscape-specific adjustment factors. Nearly all the most recognizable brands have a weather-based smart controller to offer. These controllers self-adjust and require very little intervention when programmed correctly.  Look for the Water Sense label when seeking a new irrigation controller.  Citrus County Utilities offers a $100 account credit for upgrading to a Water Sense unit.

Rain/freeze sensors. Irrigating in rain and freezing conditions needlessly wastes water and can damage landscapes. While not cutting-edge technology, rain sensors prevent irrigation systems from running during rainy conditions. Some sensors add the ability to stop irrigation when temperatures approach freezing to prevent damage to plants. These devices can reduce overall water use and help extend irrigation system life.  The sensor typically lasts three to five years in Citrus County.  Usually less than twenty dollars at home stores, every automatic irrigation system in Florida is required to have a sensor unless it has a weather-based controller. Citrus County Utilities offers a $50 account credit for replacing a sensor.

One size does not fit all! Research to find a product that offers the features desired and call (352) 527-7669 with questions.  Citrus County Utilities water customers should keep receipts for all qualifying home improvement purchases. To apply for a rebate, visit https://citruswater.wufoo.com/forms/rebate-application-2022.

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