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Rain On - Sprinklers Off!

Thanks to the recent rainstorms, your sprinkler timer should remain off until your soil dries out. Statewide water use regulations are in effect that prohibit irrigation during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall. Turn sprinkler timers off now and leave them off until the soil is dry near the root zone of your plants. How do you check the soil? Use your “digital technology” i.e. your fingers to check the soil moisture! Due to the heavy soaking, irrigation should be turned off for several weeks for your thirstiest plants.

To avoid sprinklers coming on when it’s raining, free rain shut-off sensors are available to City of Santa Barbara water customers through a free Water Checkup visit. During the Checkup, a City Water Resources Specialist will provide a rain sensor and instruct customers how to easily install the device. Rain shut-off sensors are wired into the sprinkler timer to interrupt the watering schedule when rain is detected. The sensors will stop sprinklers from coming on during the rain, but it remains important to turn the sprinkler timer to “off” until the soil dries out.

The recent rainfall will quench the thirst of many gardens but has not changed the City’s water supply outlook or the current drought stage. We are relying on our community to continue conserving water.

For more information please visit or call (805) 564-5460. Let’s save together! 

Contact: Madeline Ward, Water Conservation Coordinator

Phone:  (805) 897-2672


Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015
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