How does it work?Zone valves are the individual valves that operate a group of sprinklers or drip emitters. A Hydrawise controller supports 6 or 12 zone valves, depending on the model. Typically, one zone valve is turned on at a time and controls the irrigation in a specific area of your landscape. Whenever one of the irrigation zone valves is told to open by the controller, the controller also signals the master valve to open. This means that the master valve acts somewhat like a backup valve or a fail-safe valve. The purpose of the master valve is to shut off the water to the irrigation system when no zone valves are operating. The image below shows a master valve operating connected to Zone 12 on a Hydrawise controller.
Master Valve - HCWith a Hydrawise controller, any one of your 6 or 12 zones can be configured to act as a master valve. The master zone is configured on the Zones and Schedules page above your list of irrigation zones.
Master Valve - PRO-HC
With the Pro-HC controller, setting the master valve (MV) is similar. If this was not set correctly in the setup wizard, you can access this from the Zones and Schedules section easily.
You no longer have to select which zone the MV is connected to, as the option will be different depending on the controller you select when setting up your controller for the first time.
Master Valve - HPC-FP (Panel for PC-400 controller)
The default is for all stations to have the master valve/pump start circuit ON. The master valve/pump start can be set ON or OFF by station, regardless of which program the station is assigned.
First, make sure you have the master valve selected "YES" in the box below:
Next, follow the steps for initializing the P/MV for each zone.
- Click the icon for the zone in "zones and schedules"
- Click Next three times to enter the advanced section or programming.
- You can now choose either of the following:
- Use Global Master Valve Setting (Turns the P/MV circuit ON)
- Use Disable Master Valve (Turns the P/MV circuit OFF)