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The Rachio is Environment Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense certified and utilizes Wi-Fi to make water decisions instead of secondary components like sensors. Rachio was rated highly by Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT), a national partnership initiative of water purveyors and irrigation industry representatives to promote landscape efficiency through state-of-the-art technology. Rachio controllers have been used in the last few years of the city's program. Participants continue to report high satisfaction, decreased water use, and ease of being able to work through issues with the Rachio support network.
The controller connects to your home's Wi-Fi to rely on local weather station data and seasonal variation to decide how much water your grass needs.
Check your Wi-Fi strength at your existing controller before purchasing. Fewer than 10% of participants have needed to install Wi-Fi boosters to provide the signal to their controller.
Controllers are operated with smart phones. If you utilize an irrigation company, you can share access with them through the app (no need to give them your Wi-Fi or login information).