US 11,656,640 B2
Utility water sensing for sprinkler systems
Christopher M. Klein, Denver, CO (US); and Bradley W. Alcorn, Denver, CO (US)
Assigned to RACHIO, INC., Denver, CO (US)
Filed by Rachio, Inc., Denver, CO (US)
Filed on Jan. 25, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/156,822.
Application 17/156,822 is a continuation of application No. 15/587,124, filed on May 4, 2017, granted, now 10,901,438.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/332,199, filed on May 5, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2021/0141400 A1, May 13, 2021
Int. Cl. G05D 7/06 (2006.01); A01G 25/16 (2006.01)
CPC G05D 7/0635 (2013.01) [A01G 25/165 (2013.01); G05D 7/0664 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for optimizing downstream processes for a plurality of flow controllers comprising:
determining a water budget for the plurality of flow controllers based on utility information and a water amount used by flow devices controlled by the plurality of flow controllers;
determining, by a processing element, a run time water amount used by the flow devices controlled by the plurality of flow controllers during a watering run time of the flow devices;
monitoring, by a utility meter, the amount of water used by the flow devices controlled by each of the plurality of flow controllers;
utilizing, by the processing element, the amount of water determined by the utility meter to determine compliance with the water budget determined for each of the plurality of flow controllers;
modifying, by the processing element, watering schedules for the flow devices controlled by the plurality of flow controllers when the run time water amount deviates from the water budget; and
transmitting, by the processing element, the modified watering schedules to the plurality of flow controllers to vary the operation of the flow devices controlled by the plurality of flow controllers.