Q: Dear Owlie, 
My irrigation controller broke and I am looking to replace it with a newer model.  I have heard there are new models that can help me save water.  What type of controller do you recommend to help me save water?
  
Sincerely, 
Water Conscious Consumer
 

A: Dear Water Conscious Consumer, 

Thank you for your interest in using a water-saving irrigation controller.  A great water-saving irrigation controller is called a weather based “smart” irrigation controller.  These irrigation controllers water landscapes based on the local weather and soil conditions, therefore adapting to the needs of the plants in your landscape.  A weather based “smart” irrigation controller can save you up to 8,800 gallons a year.  Learn more about irrigation controllers at www.ieua.org.

Good luck to you and your water-saving efforts, 
Owlie