WaterSignal is a green technology company focused on water conservation. WaterSignal measures water flow in real-time to detect leaks and monitor domestic meters, irrigation systems, and cooling towers for commercial, multifamily, medical and educational properties. WaterSignal is located in Alpharetta, GA, and currently has operations in 16 states.
If You’re Wasting Water, You’re Wasting Money
Every year, millions of dollars and millions of gallons of water are lost due to underground leaks, irrigation leaks, and catastrophic pipe bursts. In the past, property owners and managers have dealt with these undetected water leaks in a reactive method, after the fact and typically checking the bill 30 to 60 days after the last read, with a huge cost to the bottom line. With WaterSignal, water leak detection is now managed in a proactive way that can save you thousands of dollars.
Through real-time viewing of water usage, WaterSignal’s breakthrough wireless-leak-detector-device reads the pulses of the water meter and sends data immediately for instant analysis and alerts when water spikes/leaks occur. Irrigation, pool repairs, pressure washing and fire lines can all be monitored so you can better manage your consumption. By measuring this in real-time, when a water leak is detected WaterSignal immediately notifies you through your mobile device or PC.
Additionally, the power of WaterSignal’s real time data can…
- Provide effective, safe and economical water management
- Analyze water usage over time
- Deliver monthly water analysis reports
- Recommend repairs, fixtures and practices for future conservation
- Notify you anytime and anywhere of a problem, in real-time
WaterSignal Founder and CEO John Lie-Nielsen developed the company based on his involvement with architecture, property ownership and management, and the conservation movement.
As founder of Green Habitats, an organization that promotes sustainable building, energy and water conservation, and while working with engineering students at Georgia Institute of Technology, Lie-Nielsen explains, “there was such an interest in conservation among these young people and our research led us to discover the extraordinary amount of water waste that goes on in multifamily housing properties.”
As a current property owner and former property manager with over 180,000 apartment units under his company, Johnstown American, Lie-Nielsen understands the importance of water usage and cost. With escalating water/sewer costs, water restrictions and areas of drought, he was inspired to start discovering better ways to measure and manage this most precious resource.
After learning that no immediate response water monitoring service (or real-time water alert system) existed, his team went to work researching, developing and perfecting the device which launched the revolutionary technology of WaterSignal.
LEED criteria requires that building owners compile monthly and annual summaries of water efficiency results. Monitoring your water usage in real time will help establish a baseline and then verify the reduction in water at a facility. Typically, these will include Fountains, Chillers, Boilers, Make-Up and Blowdown lines for cooling towers. It is important to have a plan in place if the building changes to a new water treatment vendor or the building changes owners or management. Lastly, the recertification of water meters must be done every 5 years.
As water scarcity increases throughout the world, benchmarking and evaluation of baseline water will become a priority. To do this effectively, you will need to gather readily available information – 12 to 24 months of water bills, determine major uses of water within the facility (Domestic, Cooling Tower, Irrigation, Fountains, etc.), calculate the facilities total annual water usage for both metered and unmetered water sources, and estimate the facilities water and sewer cost.
Once a baseline has been established, you can then benchmark your property with other properties within your portfolio and partner with other buildings in your area to compare baseline results and benchmark against other buildings in your region. Real-time monitoring of your water meters will assist you to detect leaks as they happen and maintain a facilities set baseline. A system dashboard will allow you to benchmark your facility with similar facilities to verify water efficiency.
EPA WaterSense at Work
EPA Best Practices states “Building owners and operators should consider installing a water meter data management system with remote communication capabilities that provides instant feedback on all metered water use in a central location.” Real-Time Monitoring is critical to the success of the facility’s water management program because they provide the ability to track and measure progress.
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