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Overview & Setup
Other Smart Sprinkler Timers claim simplicity and precision; the Rain Bird® ESP-SMTe Smart Control System delivers. Combining the proven simplicity of the Extra Simple Programming (ESP) controller family with the accuracy of weather-based control, this innovative system can now expand up to 22 zones.
The ease and speed with which you can program this controller is remarkable. Simply input a few key specifics, such as your zip code, allowed watering days and the plant/soil type for each zone; the ESP-SMTe does the rest. Your irrigation system waters only when the landscape requires it. And you save 30-70% in water.
With mounting regulations and severe drought in many regions of the country, the days when water inefficiency was overlooked are gone. The future promises even more restrictions for the irrigation industry. But along with these challenges come opportunities. Pioneering smart irrigation technology, Rain Bird was the first full-line irrigation manufacturer with a controller to earn the EPA’s WaterSense label, ensuring it is at least 20 percent more efficient than non-labeled products.
All models of the Rain Bird ESP-SMTe controller are EPA WaterSense approved.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed a WaterSense program to make it easier for consumers to:
The ESP-SMTe integrates technology used by top golf courses for decades and puts it into a user friendly controller.
Rain Bird is a proud EPA WaterSense Partner.
A smart controller should be smart enough to account for rainfall, right? Not always. In fact, most smart controllers simply suspend irrigation when it rains, without accurately measuring rainfall. By comparison, the ESP-SMTe not only suspends irrigation, it measures instantaneous rainfall amounts, determines the effective rainfall and calculates exactly how much to adjust your watering schedule to prevent over-watering and under-watering.
In designing the ESP-SMTe, we’ve simply reduced the cost and complexity of the weather-based control systems we began pioneering for golf courses over 25 years ago. Drawing on the industry-leading precision of these larger, more sophisticated units, the ESP-SMTe makes Rain Bird weather-based control affordable for homeowners—once and for all.
The Rain Bird ESP-SMTe can grow with your landscape, easily expanding from 4 stations up to 22 stations with the addition of optional hot-swappable expansion modules.
Different plants have different watering requirements. That’s why the ESP-SMTe customizes each zone’s irrigation schedule. It factors in location, soil type, landscape slope, plant type/density, sun exposure, sprinkler type and root-depth requirements. Based on this zone-specific data, the ESP-SMTe controller optimizes the irrigation schedule to promote lush, healthy plant material in each part of your yard, while substantially reducing water waste and runoff.
Applies to ESP-Modular controllers manufactured after April 2005.
Expandable up to 22 zones using ESPSM6
Sensor (Largest Area Across)
Mounting Bracket (Mounted on Vertical Surface)
ESP-SMTe Contractor's Manual, English
ESP-SMTe Homeowner's Guide, English
ESP-SMTe Homeowner's Guide, Spanish
ESP-SMTe Homeowner's Guide, French
ESP-SMTe Quick Start Guide, English
ESP-SMTe Quick Start Guide, Spanish
ESP-SMTe Quick Start Guide, French
ESP-SMTe Site Profile Programming Chart - English
ESP-SMTe Site Profile Programming Chart - Spanish
ESP-SMTe Site Profile Programming Chart - French