EXTENSION CONNECTION: Set your sprinkler to deactivate during rain

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 03:59 PM.

The Florida Climate Center in Tallahassee reported that our area saw more than 8 inches above normal rainfall in June and July.

More than 700 storms were recorded statewide, 200 of which were in the first week of July. Flooding meant washed out roads, drowned peanuts and exploded watermelons.

Yet, many landscape sprinkler systems were still running.

Where were the rain shut-off devices?

Conservation and savings

Florida is one of a few states with a rain sensor statute. Since May 1991, new installations of irrigation systems have been required to include a rain shut-off device.

Florida Statute 373.62 states, "Any person who operates an automatic landscape system shall properly install, maintain and operate technology that inhibits or interrupts operation of the system during periods of sufficient moisture."

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