Combatting Wasted Water: How Smart Water Meters Help Us Conserve

Some of us have very busy lives from the time the alarm goes off in the morning until the sun sets on our commute back to home. After a long day, what is one of those things that we look forward to doing? Taking a shower.

As we all enjoy our showers, the last thing on our mind is how much water we’re using. Let alone, how much water we’re losing every single day. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted annually nationwide due to household leaks either inside your home from dripping faucets and leaking toilets or outside your home from aging infrastructure and leaking pipes.

So, how can we detect leaks? Luckily for us, “smart” water meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) are capable of generating an abundant amount of real-time water consumption data that can be leveraged by the utility to identify leaks and much more. Unlike more traditional methods of meter reading, such as walking up to a digital meter to visually record a reading or driving by house-to-house to collect a read packet, AMI uses a cellular or fixed communication network to transmit these reads to the utility’s central data management system. Now, utilities are equipped with vital data that they can analyze for outstanding water usage behavior. For instance, utilities can trend daily water consumption to identify unusual spikes in water usage before more water is wasted. Through early leak detection, the utility can repair leaks before it becomes an expensive line item in their capital improvement plan and save thousands of dollars in non-revenue water loss to the utility. It can also prevent unnecessarily high-bill charges to the customer, help reduce wasted water, and conserve the water supply.

Thanks to water experts and utilities working innovatively to combat water loss through smart meters and AMI, we are provided the opportunity to be more water conscious by saving water and our money, instead of wasting water and watching our money go down the drain.

Written by: Lisa Nguyen, MeterSYS Consulting Analyst 

Clean Water With the Shake of a Bottle

 

With today’s smart technology we are seeing our simple everyday items recreated into something we never thought possible. From our smart phones, to our smart cars, even our smart homes which are able to listen to any command and follow through by adjusting our thermostat and unlocking doors. Now even our simple everyday items are starting to communicate back to us to help keep us healthy.

These new smart water bottles are in high demand. There are different versions of smart water bottles which features range from having alarms to remind you to drink eight glasses every day, to CamelBak’s All Clear water bottle which uses UV technology to help purify unsafe water in just 60 seconds, to a more complex water bottle that is able to communicate back to you what is in the water, filtrate it and make it ready to drink.

The Ecomo water bottle is able to be filled with water from anywhere, your home sink, public fountain, even a lake. You then activate the testing by shaking the bottle, once it has been purified a green light and the word “Good” shows up. If the water needs more done to make it potable a simple twist at the base of the water bottle helps reduce bacteria, pesticides, and heavy metals by up to 99.9 percent. The smart water bottle is able to detect traces of total organic carbon, total dissolved solids, turbidity and the even the water temperature. The Ecomo Bottle runs on batteries that are able to be recharged, along with replacement filters. The water bottle syncs to your phone to help you achieve your daily hydration goals.

The global smart water bottle market is expected to grow 15% by 2024. From the high tech water bottles like Ecomo, to UV technology our simple everyday items are making it easier to reach our goals, even if it is just to drink your eight glasses a day.