Smart Water Controller Programming

Presented by: Mark Pedicone, ET Water
Wednesday, September 2nd - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Course Description:

This seminar will discuss "Smart Controllers" and how they are utilized into today's landscape.

Discussion includes;

Smart Controllers:

    What defines a Smart Controller?
    How do they work?
    What makes them different than conventional controllers?
    The advantages/disadvantages of smart controllers.
    More or less work for the end user?
    Information to make Smart Controllers work best for you.
    Pitfalls of Smart Controllers.
    Economics of Smart Controllers.
    What lies ahead . . . . . .

Attendees will delve into the world of Smart Irrigation Timers by looking at how these devices can save both time and water if utilized correctly. Also, look at what needs to be done to take advantage of this technology to get the most bangs for the buck.

Attendees will look at the technical aspect of these devices and how they currently make themselves "Smart" and where to expect these products to go in the future as technology changes.

Discuss the homework that is necessary to do prior to installing and managing these controllers, and the ongoing aspects to make these products continue to give excellent service for years to come.

Mr. Pedicone will share with some of the horror stories of cutting corners and trying to be too frugal when investing into this technology.

By the end of the seminar, attendees will leave with enough information to go out there and look at getting into "Smart" technology for sites and projects.


Mark Pedicone has been in the landscape irrigation industry here in Southern California for over 35 years.

After attending Fullerton College, Mark graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He had a short stint managing a retail nursery in Whittier. Mark then entered the landscape irrigation field when he was hired by the Irrometer Company to be their landscape irrigation specialist. In the three years that Mark worked for Irrometer he had a chance to experience many aspects of the landscape irrigation trade in Southern California. He got to work with the leaders in landscape architecture, irrigation design, distribution and with many irrigation manufactures. During this time Mark was one of the original founding members of the Southern California Xeriscape Committee and served on that group for many years and spoke at many of their annual conferences.

Shortly there-after Mark was hired away from Irrometer to become the Southern California District Sales Manager for Rain Bird where he managed the largest irrigation market in the country for them. During his time as D.M. for Rain Bird he was awarded their District Manager of the Year award. Mark also served during this time as the President of the Southern California Turfgrass Council, an organization of landscape professionals involved in the turfgrass industry here in Southern California and served on committees for both the Southern California Turfgrass Tradeshow held in Costa Mesa and the Turfgrass Institute held each year at the Anaheim Convention center.

After serving for over 5 years as D.M. for Rain Bird he went on to become their commercial product manager in charge of development of all turf commercial products. He worked on such products as Maxicom, PE valves, Backflow, RainCad and IDA, 1800’s and VAN nozzles just to name a few. After serving as product manager for 6 years Mark left Rain Bird and worked as a Water Conservation Specialist working with numerous HOA’s and Property Management groups in Southern California helping them to develop water conservation plans and irrigation retrofit programs.

Mark then went to work for Hydro-Scape Products where he started their Hydro-Safe/Specification division. He was directly responsible for the sales of some of the largest central control systems in this market including the City of Walnut, City of Irvine, La Dera Ranch, Los Flores to name just a few. He was then promoted to General Sales Manager and served in that capacity managing a sales force of nearly 20 outside salesmen until 2008 when he was hired by ETwater Sales, Inc., a smart controller manufacturer, to be their Regional Sales Manager and to help develop a distribution business for the company where he still works today.

Mark also serves on the CLCA Inland Empire chapter as Treasurer, and the Orange County Chapter of Irrigator Tech.

On a more personal note, Mark is the father of five wonderful children and two awesome grand-daughters. And on many weekends you might find Mark hacking it up on some local golf course.

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