Smart Irrigation Controller Technology - Pt. 3

Best practices and guidance on developing a pilot program

Running a pilot program for smart irrigation controllers can be an effective strategy for achieving your utility’s objectives. In the initial stages of pilot program development, the timeline is critical—planning should begin at least 3 months ahead of irrigation season, and the program should roll out well before peak season so that the smart controllers have time to adjust prior to periods of peak outdoor water usage. Planning the messaging, customer-targeting, and budget well ahead of crunch time will save you a lot of headaches. Common risks with offering just a rebate include:

  • Lack of installation

  • Incorrect installation