While the world is already facing water scarcity issues, reducing the consumption of water is the only way to combat the ever-growing water crisis.
Mechanical metering of water consumption has widely been followed, but is the water consumption info from mechanical meters accurate?
Let’s take a look.
The difference between mechanical water meters and IoT based smart water sensors is considerable. IoT sensors provides users with a wider range of functions using advanced technology that resolves problems of conventional meters and pursues sustainability. As a result, the precedents have shown the impact on saving water in different communities which also benefited users with a dramatic reduction in water usage. It proves that the technology has the potential to reduce great amount of water waste and individual spending on water, further achieving the vision to make a world with enough water when widely used.
Monitor your water consumption with >98% accuracy –
Flaws of mechanical meters that lead to inaccurate measurements result in inaccurate spends. The major flaw is that they not only measure water usage but also airflow and reverse flow. WEGoT’s IoT-based ultrasonic water sensors prevent these errors from being considered as water usage. It has been certified by the Fluid Control Research Institute (FCRI), an institution established by the Government of India as a UNDP assisted project.
Real time monitoring enables real time decision making –
Mechanical meters limits users from receiving real-time information. IoT based smart water meters provide information such as usage trends and leakage detection. This enables users to make real time decisions to prevent wasting water based on the information they receive. The function raises awareness about the massive amount of water being used in daily lives.
Prevent tampering –
Water meter tampering has been an issue since one is able to pawn off the cost to others. This leads to an increased payment for other households. IoT based sensors prevent this from happening and makes the payments more accurate. Also, manual calibration is required for conventional meters periodically whereas latest sensors designed in IoT based platform provides a lifetime free calibration service that makes this process much easier.
Easy access to water consumption information –
The IoT enabled application available on mobile devices helps users to monitor and track the amount of water consumed for the current day, previous day, last 7 days, and current month. Through this functionality, users are able to compare the water consumption of a specific period with another, either for a daily term or a monthly term.
Get leakage alarm notifications –
Smart water technology is able to detect water leakage and immediately inform the user with a notification from the application. The largest merit of this function is that it does not have distance constraints. Thereby, immediate action such as shutting down the water flow can be taken.
Get a detailed evaluation of water consumption data –
The IoT application itself analyzes the water consumption pattern of a household using collected data. It converts the data into graphs for easier interpretation. This encourages users to make sustainable decisions, perhaps modifying consumption patterns.
Easier comparison between monthly consumption with billing summary –
The billing summary, in other words, payment results are available from the application on monthly basis. Users can view, download the bills and make comparisons according to the payment history. A decreased payment means that the user is on a good track, saving water and money. An increased payment alerts user that future improvement is needed.
These advantages of using IoT based smart water management solution is not only theoretical but also proven by implementations in different types of buildings.
Some insights from WEGoT’s IoT based smart water management solution –
• A commercial building in Chennai used to consume 672,000L per month, which exceeded the design parameter. After installing WEGoT aqua water management system, a dramatic decrease to 312,000L per month was observed.
• Similarly, in a residential building in Bangalore, the average water payment for each household has been reduced from INR 2,402 to INR 936. Residents were able to save more than 50% of their spends on water consumption.
• Again, the product is a small single device that substitutes mechanical water meters. Having small area constraints, it can be used in different types of communities. WEGoT proved this with a success in an industrial community. An engineering company in Chennai has shown an 800,000L water save in a month, which was a 45% reduction. Since industrial buildings use water as a major resource, this change has a great meaning.