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The Rain Bird sweepstakes will award an ESP-SMT Smart Control System to Facebook fans each week in July.

| July 12, 2011

In honor of Smart Irrigation Month, Rain Bird will be conducting a sweepstakes on its Facebook page, awarding a new Rain Bird ESP-SMT Smart Control System to a Facebook fan each week during the month of July.

To enter Rain Bird’s Smart Irrigation Month Sweepstakes, participants must first “like” the company’s page on Facebook and then complete a brief form with their contact information. Rain Bird will randomly select and notify the winner of a new ESP-SMT each Monday beginning July 11. Weekly winners will be announced on Rain Bird’s Facebook page. The sweepstakes will end with the drawing of its final winner on Monday, August 1, 2011. Official sweepstakes rules are available on Rain Bird’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RainBirdCorp.
 
“Smart Irrigation Month is designed to increase public awareness of the need to use water wisely,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s director of corporate marketing. “It’s about practicing smart water use and helping people become more aware of the irrigation technology that makes it possible. We feel that our ESP-SMT controller truly embodies the concept of intelligent irrigation, and that makes it the perfect reward for our Facebook fans during this very important month.”
 
Designed for residential and light commercial applications, the Rain Bird ESP-SMT uses weather-based control to save between 30-70 percent in water. During installation and set-up, users enter their ZIP code (or site location and elevation), sprinkler type, sun exposure, soil type and slope.

The ESP-SMT then combines this information with location-specific monthly historical weather data to create an optimum irrigation schedule. Each day, the system uses temperature and rainfall data to determine how much water is needed to maintain the optimum level of moisture in the soil. The ESP-SMT uses all these factors to decide whether to continue with the current irrigation schedule, suspend irrigation or adjust the schedule to apply more or less water.

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