When needed - needs day restrictions!

Is it just me, or does “when needed” completely lack the ability to comply with watering restrictions??? I’m restricted to certain days of the week. I’d love to be able to say water “when needed” but only on my legally allowed watering days.

I know I could set up a fixed schedule, but I paid this much for this system precisely to get something better than a timer.

Hi @steve28, a Specific Day schedule with Climate Skip enabled (it’s enabled by default) is actually quite intelligent. Here’s some information on the Climate Skip feature:

Would you mind sharing what your restrictions are?

I can only water tu, th, And sun. Technically for no more than 8 min per zone unless using a “water conserving nozzle” whatever that means. I interpret the latter to also include an Iro. This is LA Department of Water and Power - I would expect you have many customers with this same style of restriction.

Essentially, it seems I with the “improved” system I could get the same functionality with a rain sensor and a timer…


Why do you water ALL zones in a schedule if only one is dry??? That drives me to have to make a schedule per zone… Fine. Except now, IT STACKS ALL SCHEDULES. so if zone 1 is in a 30 min smart cycle pause, it doesn’t move on to another zone and then come back, it just sits idle doing nothing. C’mon, this isn’t rocket science… Especially for a product in Generation 2

i don’t need to take 6 hours to water my lawn.


I have similar restriction in Las Vegas. I can only water on Tues, Thurs, Sat, and only before 11AM or after 7PM. I have 3 turf zones and 5 drip zones. I water the turf 3 times a day and the drip once a day. To accomplish this I have 3 fixed schedules for the turf (7AM, 10:30AM, 7PM) and one for the drip (8AM). All of these schedules are controlled by climate skip and each watering day I get a message as to whether the schedule will run or not based on prior or forecast rainfall.

@steve28 & @Khillski – not sure if you’d like to continue your discussion on restrictions for As Needed schedules, but if so, let’s move it to this thread moving forward: