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'Smart' watering systems can help landscapes survive drought limits
'Smart' watering systems can help landscapes survive drought limits

With summer heat and deepening drought upon us, the stringent outdoor watering restrictions adopted July 15 by the State Water Resources Control Board present many homeowners with a conundrum: how to keep their landscaping alive while staying compliant. The good news is that a new generation of "smart" irrigation systems, designed to increase water-delivery efficiency and minimize waste, is available today, often at reasonable cost. This includes sophisticated controllers that read real-time site conditions and deliver just enough water to keep plants healthy. Sensors that deliver water based on the amount of moisture in the soil. Sprinkler heads that maximize penetration and...

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