Water meter monitoring devices provide building value
Facility owners and managers who haven’t yet installed a water meter-monitoring device for their buildings might consider doing so.
With the amount of savings they bring, these devices pay themselves off within just a few months, experts say.
An analysis of 28 multifamily properties showed that monitoring devices, such as WaterSignal, resulted in 14 percent water savings over a 13-month period, according to the company. Of those properties, the devices saved each property an average of $3,062 per month.
Leak alerts catch issues before they become costly problems
One of the biggest advantages of installing a water meter-monitoring device is being able to catch instances of excessive water usage in real time. Leak-detection alerts via email and SMS empower facility staff to address issues immediately, as opposed to waiting to discover them later on an outrageous water bill.
Accurate data collection and reporting shows the big picture
With a monitoring device, owners and managers can access the facility’s water usage data on an hourly, daily and monthly basis. Metrics include the facility’s average gallons per day, estimated cost per year and estimated cost per square foot per year.
This type of information is vital information for facility benchmarking, and it also lets you evaluate the efficiency of facility-wide water conservation strategies over an extended period of time.
Vying for LEED certification?
Those trying to attain LEED status for a facility, evaluating water practices is one of the first things to should consider. That’s because water resource efficiency is the third most weighted LEED category.
Using monitoring devices can help benchmark and monitor water usage both indoors and outdoors, as well as determine the efficiency of cooling towers.
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