Smart Sprinkler Checks the Weather to Avoid Wasting Water

Keeping your sprinkler on a timer can be a convenient way to keep your lawn watered, but it can also be horribly wasteful. If you’re not around to switch the timer off during, say, a rain storm, you could end up running your sprinkler for no reason at all.With California and many other states still experiencing severe drought, wasting water through automated sprinkler systems can cause major PR headaches for businesses and government agencies, as a McDonalds in Long Beach, California, found out the hard way last year. But one San Francisco Bay Area company believes that better tech can help save water by making sprinklers smarter. ETwater uses sensors to measure how much water soil can take and tries to deliver just the right amount. It’s not unlike the…

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