I live in England - the eponymous 'green and pleasant land'. As such England is not historically known for needing irrigation but this years exceptional (for the UK) summer shows that despite the views of certain Americans who shall remain nameless ;) global warming is a real thing. I am therefore looking to go all-in on a smart irrigation system. (If the backwards Air Conditioning manufacturers offered a smart AC system in the UK I would also be looking at that.) I have so far looked at Rachio and GreenIQ. Sadly Miracle-Gro and their recently acquired smart irrigation system - formerly called Blossom are not available outside the USA.
I can see that (some) Rainmachine products are listed on e.g. Amazon UK and appear to be being supplied via Rainmachine themselves from Romania.
However based on the main Rainmachine website it seems that not only are EU power supplies out of stock but no UK power supply is listed. Could Rainmachine clarify what power supplies are available and whether an official UK one will ever be an option? Will these be included in Amazon UK purchases? Whilst I know an EU power supply could be used with a plug adapter I regards this as a feeble and naff 'solution' indicating a lack of effort on the manufacturers part.
Also, the choice of Rainmachine products on Amazon UK seems very limited. Only the Mini-8 and HD-16 are listed. Not listed are any accessories e.g. the Rain/Freeze sensor cable.
Whilst the aforementioned Rain/Freeze sensor cable is mentioned on the Rainmachine website there is virtually no information about what sensors this could be used with. For simplicity I would like a wired sensor that does both rain and freezing and gets power from the Rainmachine. Again I would need to know about international availability although in this case no power or plug differences should apply since according to the information on the Rainmachine site it would use the 24v from the Rainmachine.
Related to the paucity of information on the Rainmachine site regarding suitable rain/freeze sensors is an even greater lack of information regard suitable flow/leak sensors and shutoff valves. Again international availability and compatibility need to be covered. Whilst the situation in the UK regarding water shortages is no-where near as bad as parts of the US, London in particular is officially described as a 'water stressed area' and as such has compulsory water meters - with further measures planned in the future to help reduce consumption. I therefore definitely want a means of shutting off all water to the irrigation system as it seems they are notorious for leaks - admittedly sometimes caused by animals. In London we are particularly plagued by Foxes. It is so bad they travel in packs in my area! Bring back hunting - in towns. ;)
(Sadly in the UK whilst there is plenty of use of a 'stick' to beat up residents, there is no corresponding 'carrot', so unlike the US we do not get offered rebates for implementing measures like this.)
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