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If You have a Yard, You Need This
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June, 2013 - Issue #104
Have you heard of a smart controller?

Much like a smart phone, a smart controller can make your life so much easier. It's like waking up one morning with all the knowledge and experience of a botany PhD at your fingertips, but without the studying, student loans and quizzical looks from acquaintances.

Unless you can answer these questions, you need a smart controller. (And, even if you can answer them, the smart controller still wins this round - because it automatically adjusts your irrigation while you go about your daily life!)

How much water does your grass need in the winter?

How can you irrigate to avoid run-off?

How can you make sure your controller shuts off in the rain?

The smart controller knows.

For each zone (or valve) of your yard, a smart controller allows you to program the soil type (Yup - it's probably clay!), the plant type, the irrigation type (Most likely "spray heads.") and the degree of slope. Then you mount an on-site weather station on your eaves or in your backyard and it takes the temperature each hour.
At midnight, the weather station sends the data to the controller; the next day, your controller irrigates to replenish the water lost on the previous day.

Now that's cool. Even cooler: You'll be saving water and saving green (As in: the planet - and your hard-earned money!).

What You Need to Do to get a Free Smart Controller
Save Money and Water in 4 Easy Steps

1. Visit www.scvh2o.org to register by validating your water company account.

2. Select the "Weather Based Irrigation Controller Program" located under the "Current SCV Family Programs" tab.

3. Take the online class and test to receive a voucher for your free weather-based irrigation controller.

4. Redeem the voucher at Ewing, an irrigation distributor, Santa Clarita branch.

Sing in the Rain But don't Water
In the wet months of winter and spring, you probably don't need to give your lawn a good, deep drink of water more often than once a week - less if there's been a recent storm. And, of course, you never need to irrigate in the rain.

Think you might be watering too much but don't want to wait 'til the grass turns brown to find out? Have no fear. Here's the fix: a free weather-based irrigation controller. These "smart controllers" are more brilliant than the Hope diamond.

The Weathermatic Smartline controller will turn off when you receive an eighth-inch of rain or more. This is ideal for working families, busy retirees and others who are too busy to remember to turn off their irrigation systems in the rain. It is one of the best conservation measures that you have.
Find out more and get your free controller by logging onto www.scvh2 o.org.
Be smart. Get a smart controller!
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