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How to use a Rain/Sprinkler Gauge


Rain/Sprinkler Gauges are designed to measure how much rain or irrigation water was received over a period of time. Gauges are easy to use and can be an accurate way to measure how much water your lawn and plants are getting. Free rain gauges are available at the City of Greeley Water Conservation Office at 1100 10th Street on the 3rd floor. Here is how to use one:

  • Start with a clean and dry gauge.

  • Place the gauge straight up and down at the location where you want to measure the rain. It’s ideal to find a place for your gauge that’s not obstructed in any way by trees, bushes or anything that might obstruct the water.

  • Write down in a notebook or calendar the amount of rain you received to get an idea of the total amount received for that week. This will help to determine if your lawn will need additional watering for that week and prevent overwatering.

  • Write down in a notebook or calendar the amount of rain you received to get an idea of the total amount received for that week. This will help to determine if your lawn will need additional watering for that week and prevent overwatering.

  • Check your gauge every day at the same time to get an accurate measurement.

Check out this video with steps on how to use rain gauges or other cups to measure the water your sprinkler system produces. Knowing this will help you schedule your irrigation schedule.

Below is a chart of how many inches of rain/watering per week required for a healthy lawn. For example if you get an inch of rain in May, you will not need to water your lawn during the week.


If you like measuring precipitation, become a weather reporter for CoCoRaHS, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.