The city of San Jose has partnered with WaterSmart Software to allow customers to log in through the company’s mobile app or online customer portal with information on their water usage.
San Jose is the latest Bay Area city to partner with WaterSmart Software, a program that monitors water usage and sends residents a report every other month comparing their consumption to homes of a similar size.
California has an opportunity to align its policies with the development and adoption of water technology, such as the next generation of water conservation and recycling goals. The state should recognize that California’s water technology incentives lag far behind incentive programs in the energy field.
San Francisco startup WaterSmart provides software to water utilities nationwide. The company collects literally hundreds of millions of data points each hour that enable utilities to discover leaks and also identify homes or neighborhoods that are heavy water users.
WaterSmart also sends customers messages on their smartphone if there’s a leak or if they’re allowed to water the garden on a particular day. On average, WaterSmart can cut a utility’s water usage by 5% annually.