Terracotta Irrigation Controller

It is recommended that you watch the YouTube video Terracotta Valve

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Above ground installation of the Terracotta Irrigation Controller

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The float for the Terracotta Irrigation Controller is adjustable

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In ground installation of the Terracotta Irrigation Controller

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The adjustable control dripper for the Terracotta Irrigation Controller 

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The control box is connected to a float switch on the Terracotta Irrigation Controller. It is also connected to a solenoid valve as shown.

Purchase online from the Measured Irrigation Shop.

Detailed instructions are in the 

Terracotta Irrigation Controller User Manual

Terracotta is porous and so the water level in the pot falls as water seeps through the pot. A float inside the pot floats on the water. When the water level reaches the low level, a magnet inside the float activates the valve so that the valve opens and the irrigation starts. During the irrigation event a control dripper drips water into the pot and the water level rises. When the water level reaches the high level, the magnet inside the float disengages from the valve so that the valve closes and the irrigation stops.

The Terracotta Irrigation Controller is suitable for automatic sprinkler irrigation or drip irrigation. The valve at the bottom of the controller operates in the pressure range 10 kPa to 800 kPa. The irrigation frequency responds automatically to the on-site prevailing weather conditions (namely, evaporation and rainfall). For in ground installation the irrigation frequency also responds to the transpiration of the plants.

During an irrigation event, the control dripper replaces the water that has seeped through the pot since the previous irrigation event. This volume is called the control volume. The Terrcotta Irrigation Controller has a control volume between 77 ml and 333 ml. 

By using the Terracotta Irrigation Controller with the appropriate control dripper, you can irrigate directly from a rainwater tank by gravity feed without using a pump. Furthermore, by using the same drippers throughout irrigation application, the volume of water discharged by each dripper is independent of the water level in the tank. The Terracotta Irrigation Controller is a game-changer for automated gravity feed irrigation from a rainwater tank without using a pump.

Key Features

  1. Use for any size irrigation application with any size solenoid valve

  2. The water in the terracotta pot is protected from debris, algae, mosquitoes and thirsty animals

  3. Completely automatic

  4. Smart irrigation  – the irrigation is controlled by the prevailing weather conditions

  5. Use for both gravity feed and pressurised irrigation

  6. Use for both sprinkler and drip irrigation

  7. Use for both pressure compensating drippers and non pressure compensating drippers

  8. Adjust the water usage rate (litres per week for example) by adjusting the flow rate of the control dripper

  9. Adjust the irrigation frequency by adjusting the float

  10. When there is an unexpected heat wave, the water usage rate and irrigation frequency increase

  11. When it rains, water enters the terracotta pot and delays the start of the next irrigaion

  12. A timer is not required

  13. If you are using the same drippers throughout the irrigation application including the control dripper, the water usage rate is independent of the pressure

  14. You can irrigate by gravity feed directly from a rainwater tank without using a pump

  15. A light sensor provides the option of irrigating at night time only

  16. Uses much less water without affecting the yield

  17. Simple and low tech, therefore fewer things can go wrong

  18. Provided you have a continuous water supply, you can leave your irrigation application unattended for months on end

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