In 2009 IBM launched a pilot water study that enabled residents, who recently had smart water meters installed, to visually monitor their water consumption through a web-based portal. This near real time monitoring helps households to identify leaks and benchmark their usage with other households. The goal of the study is reducing waist. The pilot study is essential to understanding households interaction with a smart meter and ensuring buy-in and ownership. Smart water meters as a standalone will not impact water consumption. “If you can get citizen buy-in and make them a part of the process, you’ll have a better project in the end,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.
“Laundry-to-landscape greywater systems are a great investment to reduce water consumption with little maintenance and relatively low installation costs. There are many tools available to homeowners looking to install a laundry-to-landscape greywater system. And it can provide as much as a 15% reduction in household water consumption. This practice could make a real difference in water availability if employed on a large scale in drought-prone areas. “– From: Madeline Valinski, University of Delaware, Class of 2015, Environmental Studies