A mix of Generation 2 Rachio Smart Irrigation Controllers, both 8 Zone and a limited number of 16 Zone units, are available to qualified Cottage Grove homeowners for $35 (retail price: $180) on a first-come/first-served basis, thanks to a cooperative agreement with the South Washington Watershed District. More information about the available controller model can be found here.
Smart Irrigation Controllers base watering schedules on current and expected weather, soil and grass type, and existing lawn vegetation, saving water and costs for residents. They can be programmed to accommodate the City’s odd-even and time-of-day restrictions.
All criteria listed below must be met to be eligible for a controller:
- must be a homeowner in Cottage Grove with a home that is connected to the municipal water system where the controller will be installed.
- have a currently functioning irrigation system that is at least two years old.
- knowledge of the number of zones your irrigation system has.
- have an Apple (iOS 10.3 or later) or Android (4.4 or later) Smartphone (necessary to program and control the controller).
- have in-home 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi access.
Failure to meet any of the technical criteria may result in compatibility or functionality issues with your controller.
All applications must be submitted online, in-home Wi-Fi internet access is necessary for Smart Irrigation Controller setup and usage.
The smart irrigation controllers will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis to eligible applicants. The City reserves the right to refuse any application.
Recipient agrees to submit a photograph of their installed controller within 30 days of receipt and agrees to allow the City to verify the installation of the controller.
After submitting an application you will be notified via e-mail of its status along with further instruction after it has been reviewed by City Staff. Please note that this process may take a few days, and that applications are processed in the order they are received.
Before installation, you or a qualified professional should assess the condition of your irrigation system and fix any problems.
Common issues to look for are:
• sprinkler heads that do not turn due to wear
• sprinkler heads that are misaligned
• broken or missing sprinkler heads
• leaking sprinkler heads and pipe connections
• sprinkler heads bent at an angle
• sprinkler heads that do not rise above the grass
• sprinkler heads that do not pop because grass has grown over them
• sprinkler heads with missing or clogged nozzles
• pressure problems indicated by misting (high pressure) or weak spray (low pressure)
If you have questions about the installation process, Rachio provides a detailed installation guide with videos, or a printable manual available for download here.
Once your new Smart Irrigation Controller is installed, Rachio can help you recycle your old controller by clicking here.