NOVATO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/06/11 -- ET Water Systems, the leader in smart irrigation control and water management solutions, today announced the nationwide launch of GNOME by ET Water. GNOME is a free Web-based water calculator that provides customized irrigation schedules to homeowners based on their local weather conditions and landscape profile. GNOME recommends just the right amount of water to use, frequently reducing water consumption by over-irrigators by 20 to 50 percent or more versus conventional clock-based 'set it and leave it' irrigation schedules. The result is reduced water bills, better overall plant health and less runoff, which frequently is damaging to homes and the environment.
'GNOME is our first consumer offering for smart irrigation,' said Mark Puckett, Product Manager at ET Water Systems. 'Homeowners understand the hassle of setting reliable watering schedules -- too short and the lawn burns, too long and you're overwatering -- which means money literally down the drain. By giving homeowners optimal irrigation schedules, Gnome saves homeowners money on water bills. And with more efficient, weather-based irrigation schedules, landscapes will stay healthy all year long.'
GNOME creates monthly watering schedules based on local weather data from WeatherBug® and adjusts for landscape characteristics such as:
- Plant type - lawn, flowers and bedding plants, ornamental grass, high water use plants, low water use plants, and trees,
- Soil composition - sandy, loam, clay, sandy loam, clay loam,
- Slope - flat, gentle, medium, steep, very steep,
- Sun exposure - sunny all day, partly sunny, shady all day,
- Irrigation method - spray head, rotor sprinklers, rotating nozzle, drip emitter, bubbler, and micro spray.
Once set up, GNOME combines the characteristics and creates a customized monthly watering schedule that tells you how long and how often to water. GNOME also monitors weather conditions and emails the homeowner when major changes in the weather -- from rain to heat waves -- are predicted, reminding users to adjust their watering to meet changing conditions and landscape needs. GNOME can create schedules for most leading brands of residential controllers. To sign-up for a free GNOME account, please visit www.etwatergnome.com.
About ET Water
ET Water is solving one of the world's most important environmental challenges -- water scarcity -- through innovative and patented intelligent water management solutions. By integrating web-based software, cloud computing, horticulture science, real-time weather data and wirelessly connected digital controllers -- and with this announcement a whole new suite of web-services for consumers -- ET Water's 'smart grid for water' and remote management solution reduces landscape water consumption by up to 50% or more versus conventional alternatives, while improving landscape quality, saving labor, and reducing harmful runoff and pollution. For more information, please visit www.etwater.com.