Spanish Fork giving away sprinkler systems that sense conditions, deliver water as needed

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SPANISH FORK, Utah -- If you built or purchased a new home in Spanish Fork, the city is offering big incentives when it comes to watering your lawn.

The city has adopted the Water Wise Sprinkler Program, which will provide residents free sprinkler systems designed to save water.

The system attaches a small weather device to your rain gutter. The device measures everything from temperature, to humidity, to rainfall--and then alerts the sprinklers when and how long they should run.

"Not a lot of people are aware the weather system is there that can turn your sprinklers on and off automatically for you, it got me aware of that system," said Dixie Spresser, who just moved into her brand new Spanish Fork home.

The city is giving away 60 of these devices, in the hopes it creates a buzz about smart water use. All residents in new homes with yards that have yet to be landscaped are eligible.

"We don't want to have to go out and spend more tax dollars to go out and develop more sources of water when really what we need is just to conserve water at home," said John Waters, the Spanish Fork Water Manager.

The city says the Water Wise Sprinkler Program can save between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of water a month. It currently sells in stores for around $200.

"If they had to pay for it out of their own pocket, probably within five years it would have paid for itself just in water savings alone," Waters said.