Landscaping and Irrigation Efficiency

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Simple Devices Help You Comply with State Watering Restrictions, Save Water, and Money

Did you know irrigation is not permitted during and 48 hours after a rainfall event? Rain shut-off switches and soil moisture sensors help you comply with the watering restrictions by automatically turning off your irrigation system during periods of rain or when the soil moisture is adequate for plant growth. Once the weather clears, or when your soil dries out, your programmed watering events will resume. These low cost devices save tremendous amounts of water and have a fast return on investment. Installation is relatively easy and most often can be done without professional help.
  • Install a Rain Shut-Off Switch
Did you know irrigation is not permitted during and 48 hours after a rainfall event? Rain shut-off switches and soil moisture sensors help you comply with the watering restrictions by automatically turning off your irrigation system during periods of rain or when the soil moisture is adequate for plant growth. Once the weather clears, or when your soil dries out, your programmed watering events will resume. These low cost devices save tremendous amounts of water and have a fast return on investment. Installation is relatively easy and most often can be done without professional help.

  • Install a Rain Shut-Off Switch
Rain Shut-Off Switches are most useful during the Winter months and automatically shut-off your automatic irrigation timer when it detects rain. When an irrigation controller is modified to include the operation of a new, District approved rain shut-off switch, the district will provide a rebate equal to the purchase price, up to $50.00 per device installed.

If interested in participating in this rebate program, please clickhere to learn more.

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  • Soil Moisture Sensors Operate Year Round
Soil Moisture Sensors allow you to monitor and control your landscape's soil moisture level. You can can program your controller to water the days permitted and the sensor will only operate on those days if your landscape soil is drier than a preset threshold. Your landscape plants should become less prone to water mold and shallow root growth which tends to occur with over-watering. These devices help reduce your irrigation year round, saving you money every time they shut off your automatic irrigation system.

Below are some companies that manufacture soil moisture sensors. Please click on each link to learn more.
TORO
Irometer
Rain Bird
Hunter
Baseline


If interested in participating in this rebate program, please clickhere to learn more.

Marina Coast Water District, Web Address: www.mcwd.org,Conservation Emails: conservation@mcwd.org
11 Reservation Road, Marina CA 93933, (831) 384-6131

Other ideas to consider:
Smart Controllers plus 4 stations --
Rotating Sprinkler Nozzle --
Cistern water tanks integrated into irrigation system to catch rainwater use during the summer --(sites must have sufficient roof area to fill cistern & may require an inspection). Lawn removal & replacement with low water use plants or permeable surfaces -

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