Water meter data management can save money, resources

The real time monitoring service provided by a water meter data management system is a critical tool for property management teams that seek to save not only money, but also precious natural resources.

Here’s a look at how a water meter data management system works, from installation to leak detection.


These devices are installed non-invasively alongside a building’s regular water meter. To transfer data from the meter location to a secure online data center, companies like WaterSignal use a Verizon Wireless-certified CDMA modem. It’s also powered completely by built-in 7V lithium batteries, which means there is no need for an alternate power source. The device is manually calibrating upon installation to ensure all data is accurate.

Real-time data collection

Similar to how a doctor uses a stethoscope to measure your heartbeat, a water meter data management system is capable of measuring water flow by sensing the pulse of the water’s movement within the meter.

Data storage and reporting

One of the advantages of a water meter data management system is all the information you have at your fingertips. For example, in the WaterSignal dashboard, property owners and managers have easy access to their property’s hourly, daily and monthly water usage data. This is broken down into metrics like the property’s average gallons per day, estimated cost per year, and estimated cost per square foot per year. Having this kind of information can assist with facility benchmarking efforts, as well as illustrate the efficiency of water use best practices.

Leak detection alerts

In addition to providing you with an overview of a property’s water consumption, water meter data management systems can notify owners and managers of leaks right as they happen. That means they’ll never be surprised by outrageous water bills, and when there is a critical issue, they can remedy the situation in a timely manner to save money and water.


Topics: Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Energy Saving Products, Great Commercial Buildings, Office Buildings, Technology, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

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