Irrigation systems don’t have the best reputation for being user friendly. Adding a smart controller like Rachio’s to the mix goes a long way toward improving the user experience. Now Rachio is extending the intelligence of its top-notch controller one step further with its Wireless Flow Meter accessory.

The Wireless Flow Meter is a device that must be physically installed inline in your irrigation water supply plumbing. Unlike running sprinkler heads from an irrigation tube, this is not a trivial undertaking, and even Rachio recommends a professional install the meter for you. It was certainly well beyond my plumbing skills—particularly given that the pipes leading to my irrigation valves were 1/2-inch in diameter, but the Flow Meter only works with pipes that are 3/4- to 1-inch in diameter.

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