I'm looking for a way to get an IFTTT notification when my water usage reaches 5000cf. In turn I want to use this notification to create a rain delay for the irrigation until the 1st of the next month (when current monthly usage resets).
Any suggestion on how to achieve this ?
My water bill will shoot literally with $400 for one single watering if I exceed the quota of 5000cf. One full watering on 7 zones actually takes about 380cf, but the jump from 5000cf to 5380ct is literally billed at 16x the normal water price and will end up easily with $400 extra for just one run.
So I do need in any possible way to shut down the irrigation if I hit that quota . Right now I have put an hour meter at the master valve power supply and if I get to 28 hours I cut the power to the master valve so even if Rachio turns on the irrigation no water goes thru. However this is not accurate since the volume of water per unit of time varies widely from zone to zone and some times I forgot to reset the hour meter on the 1st of the month so the irrigation is off for longer than needed.
Many times is the 28th of the month when I reach that quota and I can actually wait few days until the next month to restart the irrigation. Of course I can look in the app every day when the end of month is near, however I forgot to do this once last year and I paid $$$. I can also always turn off the power to the irrigation with a timer between the 25th of the month and end but that is not the best either since in some months (even in Aug) it decides to rain so I could be well within the quota in certain months.
So, ideally I create a set of IFTTT rules such if the currently monthly usage reaches XYZ I create a rain delay until the 1st of the next month.
Any help is appreciated. With the extra $$$ I paid last year exceeding the quota I could have bought two more Rachio-s easely