I have been using my Rachio for a little over a year now and really like it. Being able to monitor my system and manage schedules remotely are incredible features. I recently became aware of a new requirement for my system that caused me to update my schedule. I created a couple of new schedules but I was pretty sure they weren’t working. I looked into it and they weren’t so I did a little research and found this thread. I am a little disappointed at Rachio for having this feature in their Inbox for over two years now and not doing anything about it.
I am going to provide them with an absolute requirement for this feature. This is now a showstopper for me. If Rachio won’t implement this feature (from what I understand the hardware will support it), I will have no choice but to replace my Rachio controller with one from a competitor that does have this feature.
I live in a neighborhood on a shared irrigation system. The HOA has so many shares which equate into GPM. There is a limiter on the main line which limits the volume of supplied water to about 35 GPM at 120 PSI.
The HOA recently notified all of the residents that we would each get a single 90 minute block per day alternating between morning and afternoon on odd/even days. The purpose of this is to make sure that each resident can get the water they need. If more than one resident is watering at the same time, each will get less than needed.
I have six grass zones that need to be watered every day. Four of the zones are large and need at least 25 minutes to really get them the water they need. The other two zones are small and could easily get away with 10 minutes each. That is 110 minutes and I only have 90 to work with. I easily have enough GPM to water two zones at the same time.
Having the ability to turn on two zones at the same time is a must have feature for me. Yes, I understand I could wire the controller so it can turn on two zones at the same time but that seems really silly when this is a simple software change that there are other competing products that provide this feature.
I would appreciate it if Rachio would respond to this thread and explain the business/technical reasoning behind not providing this feature. The last reply from Rachio on this thread appears to be from April of last year so apparently this doesn’t seem to be an important feature for them. If I don’t hear anything back, I will assume this is the case and will look elsewhere for a solution.