Smart Irrigation & Why Consumers are Upgrading
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 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.