Southeast Massachusetts

automated sprinkler system with flow sensing, climate controlled irrigation.
beautiful landscape because of an automated sprinkler system and flow sensing support
A completely automated sprinkler system is installed at this Massachusetts home where beauty meets technology to protect a valuable asset. Flow sensing combined with weather-based water management enhances the landscape package.
 
Climate Controlled Irrigation for automated sprinkler systems using the weatherController Link
Controller Link is a simple upgrade for existing sprinkler timers to provide climate controlled irrigation Controller Link saves water by managing irrigation, based on real-time weather conditions.

 

Turn your sprinkler system off at the first sign of rain, plus measure the amount of rain so you know when to turn the system back on.Tipping Rain Gauge
Total rainfall amounts are calculated and sent to your Controller Link Smart Controller where those amounts are added to your (ET) values so your sprinkler system doesn’t start watering again just because it has stopped raining.

Get alerts to your email when your sprinkler system has an overflow or underflow issue. Catch the problem before it causes more harmCST Flow Sensor
A flow sensor measures the rate of flow in a sprinkler system. Controller Link uses this information to accurately log the flow rate and the amount of water being used during each watering cycle.

Remote Management of your sprinkler system with email alerts and off site management of your sprinkler timerWeather Reach Access
Weather Reach Access is an optional subscription service enabling you to remotely manage Controller Links from your PC, smart phone, or tablet with Internet connections

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Installation

Weather Reach Controller Link with a CST FSI 1-1/2” flow sensor and tipping rain gauge, connected to a Rain Master Eagle sprinkler controller automates watering.
The landscape on this beautiful home in Southeastern Massachusetts was established in 2003. There is 40,000 sq. ft. of high-quality turf and 6,000 sq. ft. of shrubs, ornamentals, and flower beds. At the same time a 16 zone sprinkler system was installed so that fine tuning of the water schedules could be established.

This home was chosen as a great site to test Controller Link on a well system, with a “Creative Sensor Technology” flow sensor and remote management that not only reads the Controller Link, but brings valuable tools to the flow sensor.

An oversized CST flow sensor was installed to test its capabilities to read low flows. After proving that it could read flow rates as low as 1.5 GPM, lower than any flow zone in this installation, it was left in place for service life testing. A 1 inch flow sensor would normally be used in a residential system.

Originally the flow sensor was installed with the Rain Master controller for water conservation and to protect the well. The flow sensor allows the controller to “learn” or “memorize” the normal flow of each zone. Then when a zone is operating, it compares the learned value with actual flow. If there is a discrepancy, either high or low, the controller takes corrective action and displays an alarm message. Together they monitor the irrigation system continuously and will signal an alarm when the flow is detected outside the operating schedules. An added value of the flow sensor feature is that it allows the controller to total flow amounts. As part of the test, water usage reported by Controller Link was compared with benchmark control equipment. The homeowner chose to extend the test for two years and let Controller Link take over the watering schedule. Real-time weather-based control resulted in a 25% reduction of water use.

The Owner says, “the best thing about Controller Link and flow sensors is the ability to store flow data logs in Weather Reach Access,” an online remote management service. Weather Reach Access includes a graphical display of flow logs and will send email alerts. Normally alerts would be displayed on the controller. This allows for a quicker reporting, so that the problem can be fixed before even more damage can occur.

Controller Link was installed with an on-site tipping rain gauge to interrupt irrigation schedules in periods of wet weather. A tipping rain gauge sensor allows the Controller Link to actually total rain fall amounts knowing when to interrupt a schedule and when watering should resume. It allows for much better control of the watering schedule.

After installing the Weather Reach equipment, the irrigation schedule was set to everyday. Controller Link with the on-site tipping rain gauge took control the watering frequency creating water savings without the stress conditions.

This simple, effective technology, tracked water use and automated watering schedules to sustain a healthy beautiful landscape for two full years and used less water.