The flow meter is cool tech and the ability to get quick notification of under / over water use (relative to a point in time baseline) is great. This gets you broken head and malfunctioning valve info. Wanted to see what other value the new flow meter data is giving to people who have this installed.
Rachio has probably been thinking about how and where to present more of this information for most impact.
Specifically wondering, does this new GPM information allow Rachio to replace an important manual setting with a more accurate flow meter based setting? Would having the actual GPM data for each zone, together with the individual zone area, give Rachio the opportunity to improve irrigation accuracy by calculating the inch per hour being applied and using that information in its recommended schedule durations for each zone.
Without the flow meter data, Rachio needs a key part of the irrigation information from the user configured “spray head” selection or advanced “nozzle per inch hour” manual entry. An option to use “CALCULATED INCHES PER HOUR” would use flow meter data and zone area to determine the amount of water each zone is ACTUALLY getting. Obviously this leans harder on the zone area setting but a simple length x width area calculation is an easier calculation for most and more accurate than setting nozzle rates?