In response to the California State Water Resources Control Board’s statewide water restrictions imposed last week, ETwater is moving up the availability on the release of its smart irrigation subscription service.
The subscription service automatically adjusts an irrigation system with an outdoor watering schedule that uses only the minimum amount of water that any garden, lawn, or landscape requires for staying healthy, the company says.
The ETwater service is programmed to immediately update and work with any local watering restrictions or days, including the new California statewide restrictions:
- Limit on all home and business outdoor watering to two days a week. The ETwater service automatically schedules irrigation while respecting municipal water windows. ETwater “bridges” irrigation of locally mandated water days while reducing personal outdoor water usage by 35 percent on average annually.
- Homes and business prohibited from watering when it’s raining or within two days of rain. The company says ETwater is the only smart irrigation service that adjusts for the forecasted weather and suspends watering before a forecasted rain event and for up to two days after it rains based on calculated water depletion rates.
- Upgrade to or install an EPA WaterSense certified smart irrigation controller. ETwater is the only available service offering on the market that can retrofit a standard irrigation system to be smart without having to replace the existing controller, the company says. ETwater is EPA WaterSense certified. Many California water agencies offer rebates for installation of ETwater smart irrigation.
The company estimates that out of 13.8 million irrigation systems nationally, less than 12 percent use smart irrigation or a “weather-based irrigation controller” that utilizes prevailing weather conditions, current and historic evapotranspiration, soil moisture levels, and other relevant environmental factors to automatically adapt watering schedules to prevent water waste.