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How To Manage Water Across Multiple Controllers


Change once, run everywhere. Central irrigation station (zone) control

Managing water accurately and consistently across multiple irrigation controllers is an age-old dilemma for landscapers. It’s a labor intensive part in the upkeep of a healthy, well-manicured, and presentable landscape, requiring considerable time and resource costs.

ETwater technology brings significant time savings and operational efficiencies to multi-controller management. Through your ETwater Manager online account, you have smart, central access to simultaneously change the programming for groups of irrigation stations (zones) you choose across different controllers. Use these groups to effectively and directly change irrigation scheduling at the station (zone) level of your entire site, such as:

  • Setting water budget percentage
  • Setting target soil moisture depletion percentage
  • Creating/adjusting/ending different schedule types
  • Creating block days
  • Modifying landscape settings, quick water programming adjustments and much more


Using the Manage Groups feature in ETwater

The fastest and easiest way for applying changes to a collection of similar stations (zones) across multiple controllers.

For example, you’ve changed from spray heads to MP Rotators on your turf stations. Use Manage Groups to identify all your turf stations on a site, and then make the same irrigation method change to all stations at once. To get started, login to your ETwater Manager online account, and on the Account Overview page select and click on a link to any site on your list. This brings you to Site Overview information where under the site name you’ll find the ‘Manage Groups’ option. Clicking on that displays any existing or previously created groups of stations (zones). At the bottom of this page click ‘Create new group’ for accessing the set-up process to name a station (zone) group, insert a short description about it, and decide which method- smart or manual filter- you want to use for identifying the stations (zones) to go into the group. Smart Filter. Use this ETwater auto-function to pick one or more filters for creating an instant group of your stations with similar characteristics.

Smart Filter

Use this ETwater auto-function to pick one or more filters for creating an instant group of your stations with similar characteristics.

  • Plant type: Lawn, trees, flowers, shrubs, succulents, vegetables.
  • Irrigation method: Spray head, stream spray, rotor, impact, bubbler, drip.
  • Soil type: Sandy, loam, clay, sandy loam, loamy clay.
  • Slope type: Flat, gentle, medium, steep, very steep.
  • Sun exposure: Sunny all day, shady part of the day, shady all day.

Once you’ve picked your filter(s), choose the controllers you want the filter(s) applied on, and then click the ‘Continue’ button. This will bring you to a confirmation page for reviewing the stations (zones) selected, and where you can make any final edits before pressing the ‘Create New Group’ button to accept.

Manual Filter

Select individual controllers, followed by the stations (zones) to be included in the group. Once your station (zone) selection is complete, confirm by pressing the ‘Create New Group’ button.

To make changes to a group’s settings, go to the Manage Groups section and at the right of the group name, click the pencil/paper icon. A drop down menu will appear and you can select the change to be made to the group. Fill in the Detail box that will pop-up with any relevant notes and then click the ‘Continue’ button. You’ll see an updated station (zone) group list displaying the change that you can further edit or make other changes before accepting.

 

ETwater Customer Care

If you ever need any help using your ETwater Manager online account for smart controller programming, please contact ETwater Customer Care. You can conveniently reach the Care team by phone, email or via the Live Chat feature on our website.

Richard Restuccia

Richard is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. Richard is a spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. He served on the Irrigation Association's Board of Directors and is a University of California Master Gardener. Richard also writes for other publications and is an award winning contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine. In 2014 his efforts were recognized with a “Leadership in Landscape” award. He has a great interest in the supply of clean water for people in developing countries and as an outdoorsman, spends his free time running, swimming and surfing.

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