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$25,842 pledged of $260,000 goal
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By AustinDevices
$25,842 pledged of $260,000 goal
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About

Evelyn, watering the old fashioned way.
Evelyn, watering the old fashioned way.

When I found out I had a daughter on the way, I wanted to create a beautiful backyard where she could play and explore.  I also wanted to use water responsibly. 

I quickly grew frustrated with the archaic water timers I was using.  And I didn’t want to spend thousands on a sprinkler system.

Meet Zilker.  (Zilker Valve left, Zilker Bridge right)
Meet Zilker. (Zilker Valve left, Zilker Bridge right)

 Key Features

  • It saves water
  • Control it from anywhere
  • It keeps an eye on the weather
  • Programs itself
  • Manages 30% of your water use
  • Measure in gallons or inches, not minutes

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It keeps an eye on the weather

According to the EPA, a typical home uses 30% of its water outdoors, and half of that water is wasted by inefficient watering systems.

Based upon local weather data, Zilker can adjust water delivery to your lawn or garden.  If it's been hot, Zilker will water more.  If it's been raining, Zilker will water less.

Combine Zilker with any sprinkler you choose.
Combine Zilker with any sprinkler you choose.

Zilker is smart

It can let you know if your hose has a leak.  It can warn you if you forgot to turn on the faucet. And it can confirm that, yes, the water did come on last night.

Zilker can apply one inch of water to your grass, or five gallons to your garden.

It can warn you if the batteries are low, or if freezing weather is approaching.  

And Zilker presents clear graphs of your usage history, bringing new perspective to your water bill.   

Water Usage History
Water Usage History

 Technology

Zilker is small in size but packed with innovative technology.  A 915MHz radio (between the bridge and each valve) provides over 2.5 times the range of Wi-Fi.  A latching solenoid uses no power except to switch states, allowing two AA batteries to last up to a year.  And an axial turbine calculates flow rate, so that you can measure in gallons or inches, rather than minutes.

How Zilker Works
How Zilker Works

How much can Zilker save you?

Zilker is thousands of dollars less than an in-ground sprinkler system (yet provides features they cannot).

And, by using less water, Zilker will save cash continuously.

Many cities, such as Austin, offer rebates toward the purchase of a water timer like Zilker. Check with your local utility for details.

Zilker Development
Zilker Development

                   
You're our only hope...

We are not funded by angel investment or venture capital.  We are relying on you, along with our own savings and hard work, to get Zilker started.  Zilker cannot exist without your help!

If you'd like to see Zilker become a reality, please back our project today.

Thank you for your support!

Reward Chart
Reward Chart
New reward tier "Four Valve Promo".  Quantities are highly limited!
New reward tier "Four Valve Promo". Quantities are highly limited!
How Your Funds Will Be Used
How Your Funds Will Be Used

Risks and challenges

An enormous amount of work has been done on Zilker over the past two years, including all mechanical design and testing of the valve. Completing this work before the campaign, rather than after, has removed a great deal of risk from the project.

Remaining high risk activities include implementation of our plans for electrical engineering, firmware and app development, and manufacturing bring-up. If we run into problems, there may be a delay in schedule, an increase in development cost, or both.

To mitigate these risks, we have set a generous schedule and a realistic budget. It is our sincere intention to under-promise and over-deliver.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD - Receive one bridge and one valve.

    This incredible price is available only to our first 200 backers. Thank you for your support!

    You can receive extra valves for $59 each. See the reward chart for details.

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    EARLY BIRD - Receive one bridge and one valve.

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    You can receive extra valves for $69 each. See the reward chart for details.

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    FOUR VALVE PROMO- Receive one bridge and four valves.

    This offer will only be available for a limited time! Insane deal!

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    PATRON - Receive one bridge and one valve. Thank you for your generous support! Please let us take you to dinner - it's on us. Austin area only please.

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    RETAIL PACKAGE - Receive 10 Zilker Systems (each system is comprised of one bridge and one valve).

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Funding period

- (32 days)