Sept. 11 2018 12:00 AM

Pioneer of cloud-based smart irrigation joins global giant.

Jain Irrigation Inc., Fresno, California, has announced its acquisition of Novato, California-based ETwater, a developer of irrigation technology.

ETwater’s patented technology integrates data science, machine learning and predictive analytics about weather forecast and environmental variables to automatically and optimally adjust site-specific irrigation schedules via an internet connection.

The company’s smart controllers get their schedules through secure cellular data networks. Users are able to remotely monitor and manage irrigation from any mobile or smart device.

“We’re very proud of the positive impact on outdoor water conservation we’ve had in the U.S. market,” says ETwater’s CEO Pat McIntyre, “and of raising awareness to the necessity of irrigating in harmony with nature.”

“Our customers, from Fortune 100 national retailers to conscientious single-family homeowners, entrust us with driving the automation of their water efficiency,” continues McIntyre. “We’ve kept their landscapes healthy and beautiful while eliminating the waste, damages and costs that result from overwatering.”

“The Jain acquisition will expand ETwater’s efficiencies throughout the U.S. and now worldwide to become a gold standard in sustainable water management globally.”

“Jain is an early leader in the IoT for agriculture,” says Aric Olson, president of Jain Irrigation Inc. “ETwater will improve our position in agriculture and help us make a bigger impact in reducing water waste in landscape irrigation."

“Jain is the technology leader for irrigation monitoring and control and we are thrilled to have ETwater join our family,” added Olson. “After several successful irrigation technology acquisitions, the addition of ETwater adds key technologies that can be deployed globally to our growing technology customer base.”

“I’m also excited to have Richard Restuccia leading this team now,” Olson says. “He is an industry thought leader for smart controllers and technology for water management. Before joining Jain Irrigation Inc., in 2014, Richard was the first-ever director of water management at ValleyCrest Companies (now BrightView) the largest landscape contractor in the United States. He created real change in landscape irrigation and we expect it will accelerate even faster now.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the transaction will close shortly after certain customary conditions are met.