Here in the California central valley, we have mandated watering hours and are heavily fined if we miss them by just a few minutes. I have my own well to water one acre and still fined (politics is politics).
I bought 2 Rachio units in the late spring, and set up the times for what was max needed for the summer, and monitored for a few weeks and forgot about it. Seems the “smart cycle” auto setting did a really great job and automatically added time as the temps moved up and we had 60 some odd days over 100. I then got a nasty letter and a fine with a picture showing my sprinklers on at 4.04am 4 min past the deadline. I then took everything off smart cycle and no more fines, but now that it is October, I have to manually adjust the cycles. Seems silly since the Racho does this VERY well on it’s own. Anyone figure out how to set the MAX times and then let Rachio dial it back?