I was astonished to see that my Rachio created an 'as needed' schedule, as part of simply selecting the defaults to build it from my 'flex' schedule, that has every zone now watering 3 - 4 minutes every day.
What a change from the 'flex' schedule I had that only watered each zone when the soil was dry!
And my swimming pool zone, the one that 'flex' maintained its fill based on actual environmental conditions, changed from 'flex' scheduled 1 minute per day (it's winter and cold right now) to an 'as needed' schedule 10 minutes per day.
I stand in the street now, looking at the pool's overflow, and watching 9 minutes per day of wasted water, every day because I'm using the improved 'as needed' technology.
And my grass and shrubs are being watered every day for just 4 - 6 minutes, again because I'm using the improved 'as needed' technology. C'mon, you guys know that in the Winter grasses are dormant. It's cold here (Dallas). Take a look at all of the municipality issued watering guidance emails at the moment that say "there's just no need to put down any water this week.
I wish I could give jemanner +10 'likes.' I wondered the exact same things before coming here to see what's going on.
I even went to the Rachio 'who's who' page to see who is responsible for what. Who the marketing guys are that are trying to tell us that 'as needed' is this amazing step forward from 'flex.'
And now I see the $7.1M infusion of funding. I'm with jemanner. I really wonder if the investors said 'you're not selling enough fast enough' and so those on the 'who's who' page decided that 'flex' was consuming too many people resources to support.
I actually started looking at the approved lists for neighboring municipalities for what I could buy to replace my Rachio. And started thinking about how I might use my influence to these municipalities to help them understand that the Rachio is no longer the most frugal controller available any more. That they finally had to prioritize product sales of a simpler product versus the 'flex' capable Rachio.
Looking around here, though, I see I'm not the only one having this kind of reaction. And that maybe 'flex' schedules aren't dead after all.
So I'll use the other link provided to see if this will get me my 'flex' schedule back.
I just want my 'flex' schedule back, the one that caused my Rachio to only put out water when the soil needed it.
Thank you and sincerely,