District and Orange County Utilities Partner on Water Savings Program

The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with Orange County Utilities on a project to use WaterSmart Software in efforts to generate water savings for residential utility customers. WaterSmart utilizes social norms in conjunction with comprehensive data analytics and targeted messaging to modify water use behavior. Orange County Utilities was selected for the 12-month program as part of the district’s cost-share program, which assists in funding projects related to enhancing water conservation efforts as well as developing sustainable water resources and providing flood protection.

WaterSmart Data Drives Water Conservation Efforts for Florida District

Scott Laidlaw, chief of the water supply planning bureau for St. John’s Regional Water Management District in Florida, discusses how WaterSmart Software’s customer engagement platform has led to water savings of about 4 million gallons since its implementation last September for 5,000 residential accounts in Ocala. The most recent results indicate a 5 percent reduction in water use by platform users, and customer satisfaction with the utility’s water services has improved by 35 percent. Read more.

FPUD Approves Second Phase of Meter Upgrades

Brian Brady, FPUD General Manager, recently discussed Fallbrook’s five-year program to replace all automatic meter reading equipment with advanced metering infrastructure. In tandem with its AMI launch, Fallbrook is working with WaterSmart Software to provide the district with alerts of leaks, high usage, and will also provide for management and enforcement of use limit violations. He noted the WaterSmart customer portal provides customers with a web and mobile portal, real-time usage data, GPD usage information, personalized water scores, personalized water-saving actions, neighborhood comparisons, seasonal usage data, annual end use, historical trends, historical user actions, and alerts.

MCWD Launches New Customer-Service Tool

Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) customers will now be able to access detailed information about their household, property or business water use through a new customer service tool resulting from a partnership between MCWD and WaterSmart Software.

Modesto Partners with WaterSmart to Engage Residential Customers and Save Money

Modesto announced a new partnership with WaterSmart Software, a pioneer in the use of digital and behavioral sciences to drive efficiencies throughout the water utility industry. As part of the program, residential customers will have access to WaterSmart’s Customer Portal, including personalized information about their water use and how it compares to similar properties, customized water-saving recommendations, and up-to-date news, rebates from the City. Residents can opt-in to receive timely leak alerts through email, voice, and text messages. Residents will be able to set threshold alerts to proactively monitor their water use.

Want to Solve the World’s Energy Problems? Start in Hawaii.

For clean energy startups aiming to solve the future’s energy problems the action’s in Hawaii. A combination of ambitious laws, island economics, and the community-building prowess of a powerful startup accelerator, Energy Excelerator, have turned the island paradise into the hot place for clean tech innovators. This interview features Energy Excelerator’s Dawn Lippert discussing their program and companies they support like WaterSmart Software.

New Access to Data Could Help Shoreview Conserve More Water

Shoreview, MN has partnered with technology company WaterSmart Software giving residents the ability to easily access individualized water consumption reports, receive timely utility communications and water-saving recommendations specific to their household. The partnership will not only help residents lead more sustainable lives, but will also lend data insights to the Public Works Department, which will in turn assist the city in managing its water supply more efficiently.

5 Glimpses of the Future of Water

America’s long complacency about its water supply is being eroded not just by crises like Flint, Michigan’s lead-poisoned pipes, but by a growing realization that, as clean water becomes scarcer, especially in the West, it can’t remain so cheap. Just 2.5 percent of the world’s water is fresh water that is actually available, and pure enough to drink. Right now, water technologists are hard at work on two separate challenges: squeezing more drinkable water from the oceans of water already out there and devising new ways to use — and waste — less of the water we already have. Here’s a sampling of new technologies that promise to change the future of water.