Smart irrigation saves water in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara, CA - As the temperature climbs and water supplies continue to be a challenge, Santa Barbara County officials want to remind the public that July is Smart Irrigation Month.

July is traditionally the month of peak demand for water for lawns and gardens. With the current drought in California, the public can benefit by being aware of simple practices and innovative technologies available for homeowners and businesses. In Santa Barbara County, 60% of water use is for irrigation, and of that, 50% is wasted.

There are easy actions gardeners and property owners can do right away to help maintain their yards, such as watering only between 2-7 a.m. and reducing watering times by two minutes, which will save more than 50 gallons during each watering. Save even more water by adjusting sprinklers to water only plants, not driveways or sidewalks and patios.

Smart irrigation systems, which use weather data to automatically change settings, are available at many irrigation stores and can not only help control water distribution, but also make best use of available resources and save money in the long run. They are especially good for their self-reprogrammingtechnology, which adapts to weather changes, as well as meeting any local restrictions or vacation schedules.

Even traditional controllers can be set to water based on weather conditions with the Watering % Adjust number that is posted weekly on Just match the percentage on the website to the “% Adjust” or “Water Budget” feature of the controller and start saving.

There is no better time to reevaluate home irrigation systems than now. Leaks are not only annoying, they are also water-wasters and by fixing sprinklers now, residents will save both water and money in the long run. By selecting and planting carefully, watering wisely, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money, save water and see better results.

Working together, Santa Barbara County residents can protect valuable resources and the safety of their community. For more ways to save water, go to

WaterWise in Santa Barbara County is a water conservation and awareness program of the Network of Santa Barbara County Water Providers, a collaborative group of 16 agencies. The goal of WaterWiseSB is to provide residents with information and techniques to deal with drought and conserve water at home, in the landscape and at work. Participants in WaterWiseSB are doing their part to save money, save water and save Santa Barbara. For more details, visit

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