SANTA BARBARA, CA - As winter approaches, so does the season for rain. To avoid leaving your sprinklers on when it’s raining, get a free rain sensor from the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program. City residents can call 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 rain storm. 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.
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