Water Rationing: Submetering Can Help Reduce Consumption by 25% June 11, 2015 | Kelia Cowan

The drought has worsened, and California started water rationing on June 1st to conserve its dwindling resources. On average, each of California’s 411 water districts must reduce water use by 25%.
 
Such a drastic reduction in consumption will undoubtedly be difficult for building owners and managers to resolve.
 
Fortunately, there is a solution – real-time submetering data for water.

Water Rationing Mandated in California

The drought, now in its fourth consecutive year, has forced water sources to historic lows. California Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order mandated water rationing until February 2016 to ensure sufficient water supplies are saved for future use.
 
Each water supply board has the liberty to determine how it will mandate water use, but if the reduction goal is not met, the state can fine each district up to $10,000 per day.
 
Homeowners can reduce their consumption up to 50%, just by changing the way they water their yards. In commercial buildings, however, cutting water use can be more challenging. While retrofitting existing appliances can be effective, this measure can be costly and time consuming. Real-time water data is the only way to let building managers know where their water is going, and how they can effect change.
 

Monitoring 25% Reduction Through Water Metering

To achieve a 25% consumption reduction, managers must first know how the building consumes water. Water submetering provides an easy, effective way to assess water use in your building and can help you identify areas for improvement.
 

Water Metering Prevents Building Malfunctions

Identifying leaks as soon as they happen can be difficult. It is easy to catch  inefficiencies in water use, such as a leaky faucets, by reviewing the consumption data. The data can also help identify the effectiveness of reduction efforts.
 
The most effective way to save water is to immediately catch and repair problems that cause excess consumption. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that leaky faucets cause a household to waste up to 10,000 gallons of water annually. In commercial buildings, this loss can run up to 1,000 gallons of water per week. Fixing leaky faucets, and saving 52,000 gallons of water annually, is an easy way to reduce water use.
 
In a building monitored by Aquicore, the engineers received a real-time alert on a Sunday morning, notifying them that the water consumption spiked 10,000 gallons. The lead engineer was able to immediately shut off the building’s water supply to a cooling tower that had overflowed, saving 80,000 gallons of water.
 

Water Submetering Tracks Your Efficiency

With real-time water data, you can prioritize effective methods for reducing water use. Perhaps you save the most water by turning off an outdoor fountain, or by closing the building earlier in the evening. Real-time data will help you map your use over time to find which water use reduction methods work best. Then you can prioritize the most effective efforts to cut back quickly and easily.
 
Water submetering data will help you efficiently achieve your water consumption reduction goals without wasted effort. Although the water rationing laws are drastic, submetering water makes the solution possible.
 
 
 
 

About The Author

As the Digital Marketing Specialist at Aquicore, Kelia Cowan manages the company’s content and events, including the company blog, social media channels, resources, email marketing campaigns, webinars, and conferences. Simultaneously, she fields questions on how to “properly” pronounce her name.

Previously, Kelia was the Marketing and Communications Fellow at Cleantech Open Northeast, where she focused on digital content and event coordination. As an undergraduate student, she worked in various communication roles at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Energy Excelerator. Kelia left the paradise of Honolulu, Hawai’i, to attain a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Environmental Analysis & Policy from Boston University.