Sprinklers In The Rain?

Sprinklers In The Rain?

Alliance for Water Efficiency Broken sprinkler heads can waste a lot of water, a precious resource.

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Broken sprinkler heads can waste a lot of water, a precious resource.

Pacific strongly believes in sustainability, right? They have preached it to us since day one. Though some of the school’s decisions lately have not been so ecofriendly, such as continuing to water the lawns and plants on campus even though it had already rained that day.

With the county in a drought, doesn’t the greens keepers realize they are only wasting valuable water? Running sprinkler systems during times of rainfall not only uses water that does not need to be used, but it overwaters the
plants and grass that have already been watered by mother nature.

This problem can be easily solved, so why hasn’t it yet? To prepare for this problem in the future, the university should install a rain sensor. As explained on the City of Santa Barbara’s website, “A rain sensor is an irrigation shutoff device that prevents an automatic sprinkler system from turning on during and after a rain storm. Rain shut-off sensors are wired to an irrigation system controller and override the scheduled irrigation when a sensor on the
shutoff device detects water. Rain shut-off sensors are simple, economical and useful tools for preventing irrigation that would be wasteful. Rain shut-off sensors work best for short off periods,” so this device would be perfect for Stockton’s bipolar weather.

Hopefully a rain sensor is considered for campus, though if Pacific stands by sustainability as much as they say they do, then they will tackle this problem and only use water when absolutely necessary.

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Jenna Graves

Lifestyles Editor at The Pacifican

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