Installation Requirements

  • Environment

    Your Cascada needs to be installed on a flat, sturdy surface free of extraneous material that could cause the bucket to hang in a tilted position.

  • Power

    Your Cascada comes with a low-voltage 32W power supply that screws in at a junction box to convert high-voltage line power to low-voltage power.

  • Water

    Incoming water lines can come up through the ground or down from the rafters and be plumbed into your device through the right or left, on the inside of the wall or behind the wall.

  • Wifi (Optional)

    To use the hydration tracking app you will need strong, reliable wifi within range of your Cascadas. No wifi? Don't worry, your Cascada works great as an automatic waterer itself!

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Installation Prep

Select Cascada Placement

Cascadas can be installed with plumbing to either the left or right of the device and with the water/electrical lines on the inside of the stall wall or behind the stall wall (i.e hollow wall or corner installation).

Check out our article on Cascada placement ideas!

Regardless of the placement, keep in mind the wall must be sturdy, flat and free of extraneous material that could cause the bucket to hang in a tilted position.

  • Recommended Height: 42”
  • Wall Material: Wood (1.5” thick min), concrete (alternate fasteners required, not provided), sheet metal or poly board with wood core (1.5” thick min)
  • Wall Flatness: The wall must be true to vertical +/-1 degrees and free from significant gaps and obstructions (note: if the wall is out of the above range, performance may be reduced)
  • Load Bearing Requirement: 50lbs

Install Water Lines

Incoming water lines can come up through the ground or down from the rafters and be plumbed into your device through the right or left, on the inside of the wall or behind the wall.

Your lines can must be protected from freezing temperatures with a method consistent with your area's requirements and installation environment.

Water requirements:

  • Optimal water pressure is between 30-60 PSI.
  • Cascada Water Inlet Fitting: ½” MPT
  • Water must be clean and free of sand, rust, or other particles. Cascadas have a filter screen at the inlet side of the solenoid to prevent system damage. Excessive particles in the water supply will collect at the filter screen, which may reduce the flow/fill rate of the product requiring the screen to be cleaned or replaced. Water supplies with high contamination levels should install an external filter to prevent excessive maintenance for Cascada device screens.

We recommend having a shutoff valve at each Cascada for emergencies and easier winterization.

Install Electrical Wiring

  • Required Input to Included Power Supply: 90-240 Volts, AC
  • Power Requirement, Per Device: 32W, peak
  • Breaker Configurations: 15 Amp Breaker (50 devices max) or 20 Amp Breaker (66 devices max)
  • Power Supply PN: IRM-30-24ST
  • Low Voltage Cable Length: 10ft cable length included (can be extended to 100ft max using 14AWG wire)

Planning to use a heated bucket?

Cascada devices have internal freeze-protection down to zero degrees Fahrenheit! This may mean you want to use a heated bucket to protect the standing water.

The optional heated bucket receives power from standard 120 Volts wall power. There are no electrical connections between the Cascada device and the heated bucket. A NEMA 15-5 receptacle must be installed away from animals and protected from liquid ingress and dust/hay buildup.

  • Input: 120 Volts, AC. Not compatible with 240Volts
  • Power Requirement, Per Bucket: 115 Watts
  • Breaker Configurations: 15 Amp Breaker (Maximum of 12 buckets may be connected) or 20 Amp Breaker: (Maximum of 18 buckets may be connected)
  • Plug: NEMA 15-5P standard grounded 3-prong plug

Install Sufficient Wifi (Optional)

To use the hydration tracking app you will need strong, reliable wifi within range of your Cascadas. No wifi? Don't worry, your Cascada works great as an automatic waterer itself!

To connect and start tracking hydration, your Cascada device requires:

  • A reliable 2.4GHz 802.11b/g Wifi network with internet access to provide a connection to the phone app.
  • Wifi access point within 60 feet of the Cascada and in line of sight. The higher on the wall/ceiling the better your connection will be.
  • Signal requirement is -70 DBI or higher.

Get Your Tools

To complete your Cascada installation you will need the following tools:

  • Cordless drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • Level
  • #3 square drive bit

Cascada Device Installation

Step 1: Complete Valve Assembly

The Cascada valve assembly ships with some configuring required. Get started by gathering the valve assembly, insulation kit, and brass inlet fitting

  • Wrap the ¼” end of the brass inlet fitting with pipe tape and screw it into the inlet port of the solenoid valve
  • Remove the insulation from the bag and wrap the tee fitting in the valve assembly, upwards from the bottom, with the insulation
  • Secure the insulation with zip ties to the black elbow fitting

Step 2: Attach Gasket

  • Turn OFF the circuit breaker providing power to the previously installed external Cascada power supply.
  • Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the device (42” recommended) and mark this on the wall. The top of the bucket will be ~1ft below this mark.
  • Remove the backing plastic from the rubber gasket, exposing the adhesive layer. This will also act as a drill template for mounting your Cascada.
  • Align the top of the gasket to the mark, but do not press down.
  • Use a level and the flat section at the bottom edge of the gasket to ensure the gasket is level horizontally. This will ensure that your Cascada will be mounted straight up and down rather than askew. Critical Note: For proper operation, the product position must be straight to +/- 1 degrees from vertical.
  • Press the gasket onto the wall to activate the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer.
  • Using the drill and ⅛” drill bit, pre-drill the holes for your fasteners, using the holes in the gasket as a guide, to a depth of 1”. Note: Do not drill all the way through your wall.
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Step 3: Attach Valve Assembly

  • Attach the valve assembly to the incoming water line by screwing it in using the brass fitting. Note: Flush all debris out of the incoming water lines prior to attaching the valve. These particles can clog the valve screen, causing low water flow.
  • Pressure check the plumbing before proceeding by turning ON the water pressure. Check for drips or leaks in your incoming water line and the attachment to the valve. Note: The valve is closed when no energy is applied.
  • Attach the valve assembly to the wall using (2x) included stainless steel #3 square drive fasteners.
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Step 4: Align and Attach

  • Check the alignment of the valve assembly by placing the level underneath the water nozzles and adjusting as needed.
  • Bring the Cascada enclosure assembly into position so the nozzles protrude through their holes in the enclosure, and hold the unit so that it is tipped away from the wall. Make the electrical connections for the valve, heater, and power cable by plugging the connectors from the valve into the connectors from the enclosure.
  • Pivot the Cascada into place, while pressing upwards, checking the wiring to verify it is not crushed during the next step.
  • Using (6x) included stainless steel square drive fasteners, screw the Cascada to the wall using the holes you pre-drilled and the gasket as a template.
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Step 5: Hookup Power

Each Cascada device comes with a separate power supply that must be installed externally to convert high-voltage line power to low-voltage power used by the Cascada. A certified electrician must perform high-voltage electrical wiring.

Power Hookup Instructions:

  • The included low-voltage power supply should be installed in a dual-gang junction box so it is protected from the elements and the high-voltage connections can be made in a safe and protected enclosure. Up to (2x) power supplies can be installed in the same junction box - but make sure to verify the fit of the power supply before installation of the wiring.
  • A low-voltage power supply cable is included with each Cascada device, with a connector attached to one end. The connector attaches to the Cascada to provide power, and the other end of the cable must be attached to the low-voltage output screw terminals of the power supply.
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Electrical Connection Warning

Caution: Improper wiring not in compliance with NEC and Cascada installation guidelines may cause hazardous conditions in your facility. The Cascada is a low-voltage device, do not make high-voltage electrical connections within the product enclosure.

Step 6: Hang Bucket and Power On

  • Turn the circuit breaker ON. The light on the Cascada should turn on and shine down from below the handle. It can be difficult to see if it’s not dark.
  • Hang a bucket on the unit and verify that it fills. It should begin filling within 60 seconds of hanging the bucket.
  • IMPORTANT: Flush water lines sufficiently. Let the Cascada fill, dump and refill 6-7 times to ensure the water lines are sufficiently cleared.

Note: The Cascada system requires a compatible bucket to track water consumption accurately and for the best filling performance. 5-gallon flat buckets like Duraflex Little Giant or Fortex Fortiflex are great options and easy to find at any local feed store or online.

Installation Video

Connect the Cascada App

Step 1: Prep

  • Ensure your phone has access to the internet either via Wifi or cellular internet
  • Enable Bluetooth connections on your phone. This is required for the setup process
  • Download the Cascada app
  • Sign up and create your profile in the app
  • Enable Bluetooth connections on your phone
  • Verify your Cascada has power by observing the status light (Blue)

Step 2: Connect Cascada to Wifi

  • In the menu, select “Add Device”
  • Follow the instructions in the app to complete the connection process (involves using the "button pusher" included in your Cascada shipment)
  • Personalize your connected Cascada device in the app so it is easy to reference later
  • Link to a horse profile in the app to start tracking hydration activity!

Lights and Button Functionality

Light States

  • Light Blue, Solid: Normal, bucket detected
  • White, Pulsing: Bucket detected, waiting to fill
  • White, Solid: Bucket filling, valve is open
  • Yellow, Pulsing: Bucket missing, not filling
  • Yellow, Solid: Horse detected
  • Dark Blue, Pulsing: Looking for phone
  • Dark Blue, Solid: Paired with phone
  • Green, Solid: Connecting to wifi and server
  • Blue/Yellow/White, Sequencing: Connection to the phone is ending
  • Red, Solid: Button pressed too long or taking too long to fill

Button Functions

If the Cascada has previously been set up with a Wifi network and you need to connect to a different network, press the button for 11 seconds to clear out previous credentials before proceeding.

Pressing the button for 3sec will put the Cascada into pairing mode.