How can I Conserve as I Water the Lawn or my Flower Beds?
If you are currently watering your lawn by hand, or using the manual on-off watering technique , you might want to take a look at how a Hose Timer Saves Water. It is simple, programmable, and automated allowing you to conveniently schedule the on-off times any time of day. This simple automated water timer can be attached to your garden outlet or hose. This Hose Timer Saves Water and works with low pressure drip systems or soaker hoses.
What Simple Inexpensive Devices can I use to Regulate Gardening & Lawn Watering?
I ran across a simple water timer called the Melnor AquaTimer™ 3015 I am using it to inexpensively activate my home watering schedules. Practical and simple water timers will allow you to have a number of timed water settings, allowing you to control your watering over a full 24 hour cycle. See how you can easliy achieve great results and save money at the same time.
How a Simple Hose Timer Saves Water
You can use this device to suspend watering if rain is predicted, or if you need to pause the device for other reasons. This water timer has other useful controls that come in very handy. Activate the Manual Control Button to allow for one-time uses.
Also this controller can be placed anywhere in the water line, or hose for convenience sake. I put mine right at the outlet tap. I also employed a simple water outlet tap-splitter to divide the water coming from the wall valve into two streams. One stream outputs to the water timer, and the other is available for other non-timer water needs.
My Melnor water timer has Program Retention, and will retain watering settings, even if the internal battery fails, or if the unit has not been in use for some time. The water timer is powered by two standard alkaline AA batteries, which depending on use, may need to be changed every few months or so. (A battery condition indicator is located on the front panel to advise you that it is time to change the battery).
The Melnor AquaTimer™ I chose was the Model 3015. It is very simple to program, and works reliably, without leaking. I am using it to set both a morning (20 minutes) and evening (15 minutes ) watering times. It’s great to have my device turn the water on automatically and get the job done in the wee hours of the morning or evening. I estimate that I have experienced about one-third less water usage since I began using this timer. You may wish to check out how a Hose Timer Saves Water as well.