On the heels of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide water restriction policy and goal to reduce consumption by 25 percent, WaterSignal is expanding its service to California to assist those properties included in the mandate — commercial properties, universities and others — to reduce their water consumption by 14 percent.
WaterSignal is a self-contained, non-intrusive device that continuously measures water flow in real time and sends data wirelessly to a website portal to view the water consumption by the month, day or even down to the hour. With the real time data analysis designed to conserve water, property managers can proactively “watchdog” their water usage, pinpoint areas wasting water and even detect leaks or water spikes as they occur, the company says.
The system creates statistical charts to provide a quick comparative view of gallons used, if any day or hour had excessive usage and if non-occupied days (weekends/holidays) recorded higher than normal use. The manager can compare usage of one building against building — or one section of the property versus another — and even compare their data against national standards to determine if their program is on par or if changes need to be made to conserve water and money.
If a leak occurs or when water spikes above the preset hourly or daily limit, the device detects the problem and immediately notifies the manager, much like an energy surge that pops a circuit breaker, via a smartphone and SMS text alert for immediate action.
The company says WaterSignal’s average savings is 14 percent.
With the addition of California, WaterSignal is currently working in 16 states with more than 600 water-monitoring meters installed.