Product Features | Eve Aqua
All features of Eve Aqua
Jul 22, 2020 - by Lars - 0 Comments
 
 

Eve Aqua is a slick piece of hardware with software that takes ease of use to the next level. This feature-packed solution is effortless to fit, and makes it a breeze to connect your irrigation system to your HomeKit home.

 

The smart water controller screws on securely to your outdoor faucet, and thanks to the accessory's standard 26.5 mm / G ¾" thread you can fit regular hose pipes and other popular hose systems (such as from Gardena or Kärcher) with ease using the supplied hose connector. 

Eve Aqua has a single onboard button, which starts or stops the flow of water at a single press. Press it once and the valve will open. Eve Aqua will then shut off the flow of water automatically after a set duration, which you can customize in the Eve app – a really easy way to water your lawn without wasting precious water. Eve Aqua is also equipped with Bluetooth-based HomeKit technology, plus enough memory to store sophisticated schedules. This means you can start watering using your iPhone or by asking Siri – and if you've got a home hub, you can even do so while on vacation. You can also go one step further and use the Eve app to add schedules which are then stored on Eve Aqua – you've then got yourself a fully automated irrigation system.

 

Fit and get ready for use

You can fit Eve Aqua to virtually any regular outdoor faucet. Just ensure you screw the accessory all the way on to the faucet using your fingers and that it is fitted securely to prevent leaks. 

 

To insert or change the batteries, use your thumbs to push down gently on the ribbed surface on the bottom of Eve Aqua and then slide the cover forward. The ribbon makes it easy to remove the batteries – just wrap it around them and tuck it fully into the compartment before closing the cover. If you leave it dangling outside, it can cause moisture to enter the housing and the battery compartment. Watch the installation video.

At the end of the gardening season, protect Eve Aqua, as you would do for most non-fixed irrigation products, against frost to avoid damage being caused to the moving parts, seals and fixings. It's best to unscrew Eve Aqua from the faucet, give the accessory a clean, open the valve, remove the batteries and allow everything to dry out nicely before putting it away for the winter.

 

With a standard thread, hose connector and ability to withstand a wide water-pressure range (anywhere between 1 bar/14.5 psi to 5 bar/72.5 psi), Eve Aqua is perfect for use with all regular irrigation systems. You can also fit it to a twin-tap connector, among other types of multi-channel distributors. With this setup, Eve Aqua is always supplied with water – and you still have one outlet free to hook up your regular hose. The possibilities truly are endless. Keep reading for further examples, such as how you can use a Gardena multi-channel distributor or even a micro-drip system for your patio plants with Eve Aqua.

Set up Eve Aqua

To launch the setup process, open the Eve app and go to Settings > Add Accessory. Scan the HomeKit code, add a unique name and assign the accessory to a room – before you’ve even had time to say "how did I ever manage before Eve Aqua?", the setup process will be complete. As you'll have already assigned Eve Aqua to a room, browse for the accessory in the "Rooms" view and tap on the name you gave Eve Aqua. The detail view of Eve Aqua brings all the key control elements together in one single command center for you:

An on/off switch, schedule control and editor, irrigation history, the default duration picker for configuring how long you want the valve to remain open, estimated consumption and automation overview.

Tap the on/off switch and the valve will open for the length of time set under Default Duration. Expand the Last Watered field and you'll see a timeline. It shows you when the valve was last opened along with a handy export option that you can access by tapping the list icon.

The Estimated Consumption field also includes supplementary historical data. This shows you how much water you've been consuming each day. While not a precise measurement, it provides you with a good estimate based on the value you've set in the Eve app under Settings > Accessories > [Eve Aqua] > Flow Rate.

Default Duration and Schedules

 

Eve Aqua is categorized as a "Sprinkler" within HomeKit. This means that the Home app offers a large virtual switch that allows you to choose between "Running" and "Off" as well as select the default run time in the settings. The duration you select determines how long the sprinkler runs for when you press the button on Eve Aqua, tap the switch in the app to set it to "Running" or ask Siri to start watering. You can also set this value using the Eve app or even by asking Siri, such as by saying "Set Sprinkler to 10 minutes".

Take practicality and ease of use to a whole new level by using schedules, as they allow Eve Aqua to operate autonomously with no manual intervention required on your part and no need for your iPhone or home hub to be nearby. You simply add them in the Eve app and send them to Eve Aqua where they're stored. This means that Eve Aqua always runs the schedule autonomously. The big advantage: your Eve Aqua will turn on and off automatically independently of a network or internet connection. 

 

In the detail view of Eve Aqua, tap the gear icon on the bottom right of the Schedule segment. Now add a program and then select which days of the week you want it to run. Following that, add up to seven watering times (for further details, see our blogpost "Automatic multi-zone lawn and flowerbed irrigation made easy"). Here are three examples for a range of scenarios:

Water your balcony plants at the same time every day: The best time to water your balcony plants is in the early morning when the plants aren't in the sun yet and the soil is still cool. To do that, select every day of the week, set the watering time to two hours before sunrise and choose a suitable duration.

Water your lawn twice a week: Your lawn doesn't need watering every day – depending on the type of soil you have, two to three times a week is sufficient. However, when you do water your lawn, ensure the roots get a good soaking (wet the soil down to 15 cm/5"). To achieve this, be sure to set a long enough watering duration.

Water your flower beds and lawns: If you need to water different sections of your garden, and each has very different irrigation requirements, you need an automatic multi-channel distributor. To learn how to best control this using Eve Aqua, see our blogpost "Automatic multi-zone lawn and flowerbed irrigation made easy".

Pause watering if the weather's about to turn bad 

To avoid wasting water, you should pause watering if the weather is going to do the job for you. The Eve app will help you do this, and save you from the hassle of having to first turn off schedules and then turn them back on again manually. To do so, in the detail view of Eve Aqua, tap the gear icon in the Schedule segment. Now tap Exceptions > Schedule Suspension and then turn on the Add to Suspension Scenes option in the following dialog. You can now respond quickly to weather changes and pause watering for the current day and/or for the next day too.

By long-pressing the Eve Aqua tile in the At a Glance view or the Eve Aqua entry in the assigned room in the Rooms view, you can access the context menu where you can pause watering for the current and/or next day. Your schedule will then run again as normal following that.

If you drag the watering pause scenes in the Eve app under Automation > Scenes to the first two positions, you can even turn them on by long-pressing the Eve app icon on your Home screen.

In conjunction with Apple's Shortcuts app, version 4.4 of the Eve app lets you pause Eve Aqua automatically depending on the weather forecast. All you need to do to use this great feature is install a specially prepared Siri shortcut via the Eve app. For further details on how to configure this feature, see the blogpost "Suspend your watering schedule based on the rain forecast".

And the features keep on coming... 

To fine-tune the Estimated Consumption measurement in the detail view of Eve Aqua, enter as accurate a value as possible in the Eve app under Settings > Accessories > [Eve Aqua] > Flow Rate. To calculate your flow rate, use a water meter. Alternatively, the easiest way is to take a bucket or container (whose volume you know) and time how long it takes to fill it with water output by all the components of your irrigation system. Then simply divide the volume by the time it took. 

 

The Child Lock is another key feature in the accessory settings. Once turned on, it disables the button on the front of Eve Aqua so nobody can go playing practical jokes with your sprinkler.

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