Programming your irrigation

Take care of your garden by keeping your irrigation system in tip-top shape!

With over 40% of household water used outside the home, knowing a little bit more about your irrigation system will help you save water – and money. 

Make sure you know the basics, like how to switch your irrigation off when it rains, and how to reduce your watering times while the weather is cool. 

 

Our irrigation systems often need more attention than we give them, and they can waste a lot of water while we’re busy doing other things. You can save water and also avoid fines for breaching water restrictions by properly setting and maintaining your irrigation controller.

Don’t set-and-forget!

Make sure you know the basics, like how to switch your irrigation system off when it rains, and how to reduce your watering times during cooler weather. 

 

If you have a garden bore, you will have an additional watering day - but remember you can still only  water once, before 9am or after 6pm on your rostered watering days. Find out your rostered watering days

Basic controller features

These features are basic irrigation controller features. If you need more detailed instructions, you can look for the manual for your specific irrigation controller on the Watershed Water Systems website.

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The station controls the valves that release the water to the irrigation zones in your yard or garden.

This is the time at which a specific valve will open to irrigate a station or zone.

Tip: you should only have one start time set.

Watch our video to see how to check your start time on a common irrigation controller.

 

This is the time, in minutes, that a specific valve will stay open and water its allocated zone.

Watch our video to see how to check and adjust the run time on a common irrigation controller.

 

This will stop programs from running until you toggle back to ‘run’. Your programs will be saved – a great option when rain is on the way.

This button allows you to run a single valve for the amount of time you select. This is helpful when you want to tune-up your irrigation system and check for leaks, misaligned sprinkler heads, or clogged drip emitters. However, there are rules around testing your irrigation, so ensure that you're familiar with these before commencing.

Irrigation system testing rules

This is where you can store all your settings. You can set up stations set to specific start times and run times. 

Having trouble setting your system? Your local Waterwise Garden Irrigator or Irrigation Design Shop can give you expert advice on how to make your irrigation system more waterwise. Find someone in your area to come and get you started.

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Checking your batteries and programmed run times

Power outages can affect your programmed watering times on older systems. Make sure you regularly replace back up batteries and check that the system is correctly programmed for your watering days. 

Watering on the wrong days because of a programming error is not an excuse for not complying with your watering days.

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