UPDATE: At this time, all controllers have been claimed.  If you are interested in a controller, submit an application to be put on the waiting list.

A limited number of Rachio Smart Irrigation Controllers (8 Zones, Generation 2) are available to qualified Cottage Grove homeowners for $25 (retail price: $199) on a first-come/first-served basis, thanks to a water conservation grant from Washington County. Learn more about the controller.

Smart Irrigation Controllers base watering schedules on current and expected weather, soil and grass type, and existing lawn vegetation, saving water and costs for residents. They can be programmed to accommodate the City’s odd-even and time-of-day restrictions. 

Eligibility Requirements

All criteria listed below must be met to be eligible for a controller:

  • a homeowner in Cottage Grove with a home that is connected to the municipal water system where the controller will be installed.
  • have a currently functioning irrigation system that is at least two years old.
  • have an Apple (iOS 9 or later) or Android (4.0 or later) Smartphone (necessary to program and control the controller).
  • have in-home 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi access.

Failure to meet any of the technical criteria may result in compatibility or functionality issues with your controller.

The smart irrigation controllers will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis and at the discretion of the City. The City reserves the right to refuse any application.

Conditions of Program Participation

Recipient agrees to submit a photograph of their installed controller within 30 days of receipt and agrees to allow the City to verify the installation of the controller.


Click here to apply for your smart irrigation controller.

Before installation you or a qualified professional should assess the condition of your irrigation system and fix any problems. Common issues to look for are:

  • sprinkler heads that do not turn due to wear
  • sprinkler heads that are misaligned
  • broken or missing sprinkler heads
  • leaking sprinkler heads and pipe connections
  • sprinkler heads bent at an angle
  • sprinkler heads that do not rise above the grass
  • sprinkler heads that do not pop because grass has grown over them
  • sprinkler heads with missing or clogged nozzles
  • pressure problems indicated by misting (high pressure) or weak spray (low pressure)




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