Last month, the Oro Valley Water Utility launched the online WaterSmart platform, a user-friendly, self-service web portal that integrates with the Utility’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to provide customers with near real time water consumption data.
Last summer the city launched a customer dashboard (WaterSmart Software) that lets customers track water use online, compare their consumption to typical conserving and wasteful residents, and see where they fit on that spectrum.
Whitehall commissioners on Wednesday authorized spending from the water, sewer and general funds to buy the software from the San Francisco-based company, which will work with a network of 13 WaterSmart collectors throughout the township.
WaterSmart’s software can also alert homeowners if it discovers irregular use from them. Sudden spikes in water use in residential homes can mean anything from a leak to a hose that’s been left on for days.
The role of a water Meter Data Management System (MDMS) is not well defined within the industry. Many products on the market claim to provide MDM functionality, but few people understand the value of what these systems offer.
Robin Gilthorpe, chief executive officer of seven-year-old WaterSmart Software Inc., says he now sees “a good steady flow of capital and entrepreneurs into the water sector.” His company, which was Kremen’s first investment, uses data to help water utilities improve their operations.