Technological advances are playing a significant role in many aspects of water management. For example, software like WaterSmart allows customers to better understand their water use habits and potentially revise them.
Startups like WaterSmart Software work with utilities to analyze smart meter data and communicate personalized recommendations to customers about how they can improve water-use efficiency and save money.
WaterSmart is one of a small band of IT companies that hope to improve a water utility’s performance by strengthening its brain. WaterSmart pairs data collected by water utilities with weather forecasts and information on family size and lot size to provide tailored reports on water use by household.
Building up local or regional sources of water would also help reduce the amount of energy required to ship water long distances, said Dominique Gomez, representing WaterSmart, a San Francisco-based company that aims to improve global water-use efficiency.
“California’s continuing growth puts enormous pressure on our natural resources, and that demands that we become more water and energy efficient,” said Robin Gilthorpe, CEO WaterSmart Software.
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.