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Understanding Program Start Times

Program Start Times are the specified times when your controller is permitted to water. Even if you have configured all your zones correctly, without Program Start Times no watering will occur.

We will now go over basic setup and explain how Program Start Times affect the watering schedule. If you haven't already set up your zones, refer to: Configuring Irrigation Zones. Once you have configured your irrigation zones, you are ready to set up your Program Start Times.

The Basics

Make sure you are logged in to your account. To add a Program Start Time, go to Zones and Schedules. Scroll down to program start times and click Add Watering Time.

You will then be presented with the following dialogue box:

 

You will need to enter these details:

  • Start time

Enter your start time.

NOTE: You must enter the time using a.m. and p.m. However, your watering schedules will be displayed in military time.
  • Watering Type
Normal watering time (every week) This watering time is used first when determining when the controller is permitted to run.
Watering even weeks only This watering time is only used on even weeks. We use the ISO 8601 definition of even and odd weeks, where each week starts on a Monday. You can check if a particular date is on an even or odd week using an online tool. When watering on even weeks, you can choose to water on specific days of that week or only odd or even days of the week.
Watering odd weeds only This watering time is only used on odd weeks. We use the ISO 8601 definition of even and odd weeks, where each week starts on a Monday. You can check if a particular date is on an even or odd week using an online tool. When watering on odd weeks, you can choose to water on specific days of that week or only odd or even days of the week.
Low priority water Low-priority watering times are used when there are no Normal, Odd Week, or Even Week watering schedules available and a zone need to run. A low-priority watering time can be useful where you want the controller to insert extra watering cycles between your normal watering cycles on hot days. This watering type works in combination with How to Set Up "Water More Often When Hot."
  • Watering Days
Select days of the week

You can specify the days on which you want this program start time to be effective.

Note: Blue means selected, so by default all days are selected. You can deselect a day by clicking on it and it will turn white.

Even days Will only allow this program start time to start on even days of the month
Odd days Will only allow this program start time to start on odd days of the month

Depending on your options, this Program Start Time will be modified accordingly.

Next, you will need to select the zones for which this Program Start Time will be effective. You have two options:

Applies to all zones This automatically applies the specified program start time to all zones. If you remove or add irrigation zones, they will automatically be applied to this program start time 
Selected zones This will only allow the selected zones to use this program start time. If you add more irrigation zones, you may be required to add them to this program start time if you want them to use this program start time.

An example of how Program Start Times affect your watering:

This example will feature six irrigation zones: three set up for Smart Watering, and three set up for Time-Based Predictive Watering.

 

There will also be six Program Start Times. You will learn how each works below.

We want the zones that are using Smart Watering to water every possible day since they use predictive rain data to schedule their next watering time. Time-Based Predictive Watering is set to water only on the weekends.

The watering schedule (Reports > Watering Schedule) is reflected below. You will notice that all Time-Based Predictive Watering has been scheduled on weekends, and that all Smart Watering schedules appear if they are scheduled to run within the next three days.

IMPORTANT: The setup of your Smart Watering Zones will affect how often they are scheduled to run. You can also check the schedule for any zone by accessing your Dashboard and clicking on a zone.

NOTE:  If multiple zones use the same Program Start Time, they will be started in sequence.

Remember that there are many variables that can affect your Program Start Times. To understand how each one works, spend some time looking at the different options and settings to see how they affect your watering schedule. If you would like to know more about how Watering Triggers can affect your program start times, refer to these links:

Water More Often When Hot

Setting Watering Triggers

Smart Watering Adjustment

Configuring Watering Schedules

For further information, email us at support@hydrawise.com. We're happy to help.

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