Smart Water Metering in Practice
Old Cape Quarter is a premium residential block and prime investment property situated at the heart of De Waterkant, Cape Town. After installing smart water meters at location and activating remote telemetry, WUS experts were notified of irregularly large consumption to a specific unit on the 5th floor. Upon entering the residence they identified the swimming pool. The owner’s of the unit had swimming pool maintenance workers filling the pool in preparation for summer fun, but had forgotten to turn off the tap filling it up. Thankfully, the pool was intelligently constructed with an overflow drain so there was no flooding. However, the drain also concealed from the owners the fact that the pool was being overfilled!
Water Metering In the Information Age
Water metering has advanced substantially in recent years. Analytics is now available to read remotely at any time, anywhere in the world. Apps like WaterEye (available on the Apple iStore and the Google PlayStore) are able to detect irregularities in water consumption patterns and alert users immediately. The graph below illustrates the extent of the consumption. For three days straight an average of 600 litres of water was consumed per hour! Over the 72 hour period, this added up to 43,200 litres. A huge number, about that there’s no doubt, but putting it into perspective will really reveal the extent of the wastage. The amount of water lost would be enough to sustain the average South African household for approximately six months.