Take care of your garden by keeping your irrigation system in tip-top shape!
Over 40% of household water used outside the home. Knowing a bit about your irrigation system will help you save water and money.
Learn the basics, like how to switch your irrigation off when it rains, and how to reduce your watering times in cool weather.
Our irrigation systems need more attention than we give them. They can waste a lot of water while we’re busy doing other things and can be the reason for a higher bill.
To save water and avoid fines for breaching water restrictions ensure you properly set and maintain your irrigation controller.
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.
Basic controller features
Below are some basic features of irrigation controllers. For more detailed instructions, you can search The Watershed Water System's controller manuals library for your specific irrigation system.
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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.