Residential Smart Irrigation Controller Program

Rachio ThreeThe Smart Irrigation Controller Program was created in order to help residents save money by saving water. Through this program, the City of Woodbury purchases WaterSense-certified smart irrigation controllers in bulk and sells them back to residents for only $35 (retail value: $230).

The program generally runs March-October. If you are interested in purchasing a smart controller in 2022, please fill out the interest card below to be notified when the program opens.

  1. About the Program
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Recycle your Old Controller
  4. Program Success

Eight- and 16-zone Rachio controllers will be available. More information can be found on the Rachio website including installation videos, customer support and links to purchase outdoor enclosures (this program only provides indoor units, if your controller is located outside you will need to purchase the enclosure on your own). Each home is invited to participate in this program once. See a list of frequently asked questions (or download a document version of the FAQs (PDF)).

Please note: City ordinance/State law requires all irrigation systems to have working technology that prevents watering when conditions are wet enough. If you don't have a working rain or soil moisture sensor, participating in this program puts you in compliance with city and state requirements. Learn more about sensor regulations.

Smart controllers are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to save your home at least 20% of your outdoor water use. Studies conducted by the University of Minnesota have shown these controllers save an average of 49% of outdoor water use for homes in Woodbury. They work by connecting to your home's Wi-Fi and reading local weather reports and forecasts to decide whether or not your yard needs additional water. Smart controllers do this automatically and can be controlled by your smartphone, computer or smart home device.

Participants must install and program your new controller (or hire someone to do this work) and provide the city with a photo verifying installation was successful. Smart controllers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and at the discretion of the City of Woodbury. The city reserves the right to refuse any application for any reason it sees fit.