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Automating water for agriculture and municipal use

The greatest savings in water consumption can come from automating agricultural and municipal use: More than 70 percent of water consumption today is for agricultural use, and 60 percent of the remainder goes to urban landscape maintenance. In both instances, agribusiness companies often irrigate regardless of current conditions, risking overwatering rather than drought. Sensors with advanced algorithms can help address both problems, aggregating measurements of soil moisture, heat, humidity, and slope to analyze how much water plants need.

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