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Apr 02, 2008


Norman Alston

I have been told that having a rain sensor shutoff on your sprinkler system is a City requirement. I don't know for sure because I don't have a sprinkler system. This would apparently solve the problem, however.


Not just when it is raining, most people water their lawns WAY too much. You only need 1 - 1.5 inches of water per week. Watering less frequently and more deeply actually encourages a healthier lawn in the long run.

Jeff Siegel

Yes, the sensor cutoff is a requirement. But, like all things involving the city, I'm sure it's not enforced unless a neighbor rats you out.


The thing about the rains sensors is that they only stop the sprinklers when its actually raining. They don't care how much rain you got yesterday or will get later today.

Alan W

As I take my walk around the 'hood each day at the same time, I pass several houses with their sprinklers running - each and every day. Oh, if I was a city code inspector I could make my quota of violations in one day!

Stuart, most people don't have a clue about how much water their lawns need. If they only knew that they are doing more harm than good by watering a little each day instead of the 1 - 1.5 inches every week, they and their water bills would be much happier.

I have a sprinkler system and installed a wireless freeze/rain sensor which I bought at Home Depot for around $40 a couple of years ago. It works great and has an adjustable collar on it so you can control how long the system should stay off depending on the amount of rainfall.

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