Author: Michael C.

Smart Water Management During a Drought

Dry Earth Drought

On March 17, 2021, Utah Governor Spencer Cox issued an emergency declaration in the face of moderate to severe drought conditions across the state. The declaration allows drought-affected communities, agricultural producers, and others to officially begin the process that may provide access to state or federal emergency resources.

The simplest step a homeowner can take in times of water scarcity is to purchase a B-hyve Smart Water Management device – a purchase that is typically rebate-eligible (click here to see what rebates are available in your zip code)

In the United States, droughts are among the most financially burdensome of all weather-related disasters. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the single largest U.S. weather-related disaster was the drought of 1988, which resulted in over $40 billion in damages throughout the central and northeastern portions of the country. Unlike impacts from other weather-related disasters, the financial impact of a major drought can’t always be easily calculated in real-time. Failed crops can impact food prices well into the future, while the financial impact of devastated livestock herds can take years to recover from.(citation:

With 90% of all freshwater consumption being used to grow things around the world, smart water management is more critical than ever, and many states are considering requiring the installation of smart water devices on households.

Through B-hyve, our Smart Water Management family of products, Orbit has helped to reduce water overuse and misuse to the tune of billions of gallons of conserved water. Inside every B-hyve timer is a brilliant collection of algorithms that produce watering schedules designed to deliver the exact amount of water to the places that need it. More than ever, B-hyve isn’t just a product that makes your life more convenient. It’s a product that changes the way the world waters.

This year, many water management agencies have simplified and/or increased the size of the rebate they offer when you purchase a B-hyve Smart Water Management Device. At the Orbit Store, we make it easy to find and apply for your rebate – often times you’ll end up with ZERO dollars out of pocket. Click here to see what products are rebate-eligible in your zip code.

Welcome to the New “For You” Section of the B-hyve App

Welcome to the new “For You” section of the B-hyve app! As you enjoy your yard and your B-hyve, we wanted a space specifically “For You” to get helpful watering tips, tricks, information, and special offers for products used in your yards.

When new content is available, you will see a red dot in the “For You” section of the app. Once that content is viewed, the red dot will go away.

To you, our valued Orbit B-hyve customers, have a great watering season! During this period of uncertainty, may you find some peace spending time in your outdoor living spaces.

The B-hyve Team