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To the editor: The morning was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a spring day. Flowers were blossoming and the grass was a rich green, but, alas, all was not rosy.
Upon retrieving my newspaper, I was greeted by an unfortunate display of drenched driveways, sidewalks, garage doors and fences. It had been a busy night for errant sprinklers.
This is a prime example of wasting an alarming amount of water. And we are still facing a decade of drought conditions. The EPA estimates that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water goes to waste.
It becomes very clear that regulations and standards must be developed and enforced to make builders install irrigation systems in a proper way. This is the time to do it.
Several states have laws that make it mandatory for all irrigation systems to have rain sensors.
After all, being conservation-focused not only saves water, it saves money.