Cities are investing in water technologies that alert users to inefficiencies and provide more accurate meter readings for increased savings.
Cooper City, Florida, recently invested in water technology designed to help customers locate leaks and save money in the long term. The water meter solution uses a wireless network to send meter data from buildings to utility work stations via cloud technology. A third party reads the water data to identify instances of anomalies that may indicate a leak in a water system, such as:
- Larger water flows
- Irregular patterns
- Unusual usage times
If an anomaly occurs the software triggers a letter to the customer informing them of the potential leak, the amount of water use attributed to the anomaly and the cost per month. Because the water meter system is automated, customers can have their systems monitored and receive alerts without the need for additional staff or cost, Water Online reported.
Cooper City has a history of investing in conservation methods to encourage residents to reduce water waste with incentive programs and rebates. The city wants to reach sustainability – use water already allocated out – while embarking on redevelopment projects. To achieve this, Cooper City set a goal of reducing its water use by 5 percent over a three-year period. Cooper City reported a 10 percent drop in water use in a year and a half thanks to rebates, innovative water resources and a competitive program for homeowners, Water Online reported.
In Cary, North Carolina, water customers now have access to a tool that provides detailed information on their water usage. The real-time data on water usage will help customers better understand their water bills, while also enabling the local government to monitor and alert customers when inconsistencies in usage occur, possibly indicating a leak, Gov Exec reported.
The technology collects water usage data every hour and enters the information into the city’s database using a radio transmitter. Cary installed 60,000 upgraded water meters throughout the community with radio transmitters, allowing for real-time reporting of water usage available to the government and individual customers online. The system is predicted to save Cary $10 million over the next 17 years, Gov Exec reported.
Texas Water Technology Accelerator
The Texas Research & Technology Foundation launched AccelerateH2O, a research center designed to advance new water technologies in Texas. AcclerateH2O aims to identify the technical requirements of the public and private sectors as they search for balance between conservation and economic competitiveness. The center brings together:
- Academic institutions
- Water entities
- Corporate facilities
- Farmers and ranchers
The center aims to create solutions to long-term natural resource challenges for both rural and urban economies. The center’s website:
- Identifies alternative methods of water conservation and management through data analytics
- Conducts asset mapping for organization members
- Invests in innovative technologies addressing water issues and barriers
AccelerateH2O also prioritizes 10-12 statewide water challenges and issues that require immediate solutions, as well as promotes the 20-25 technologies offering the greatest opportunity to overcome these issues.