On Patrol with the Drought Police

Burbank, CA is trying out several different approaches to get its roughly 105,000 residents to save water, including signs, banners and ads that educate residents about the drought. The utility is also using recycled water to irrigate landscaping. With its new drought patrol, software and water recycling program, Burbank has reduced overall water use by 24 percent – which is in line with Burbank’s state-mandated water reduction target.

Summit Generated Ideas to Better Manage California’s Long-term Water Issues

At the 2015 California Economic Summit in Ontario this week, participants committed to promote policies that will save one million acre feet of water each year for the next ten years as part of the Summit’s “One Million Challenges.” Participants including Celeste Cantú, manager at the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Robin Gilthorpe of WaterSmart.com, A.G. Kawamura of Solutions from the Land, and Jay Ziegler of The Nature Conservancy engaged in an interactive session where they discussed the state of water use in California and committed to the priorities put forward to achieve this challenge.

Keeping Up with the Sustainable Joneses

Like most problems we face in life, increasingly there’s an app for it. By creating a digital connection between our water and ourselves, WaterSmart has made keeping up with the Joneses as easy as turning off a tap. This innovation is part of Sustainia100; a study of 100 leading sustainability solutions from around the world. The study is conducted annually by Scandinavian think tank Sustainia that works to secure deployment of sustainable solutions in communities around the world.

Non-Revenue Water: How Much Is Lost?

Non-revenue water (NRW) is the difference between the amount of water that is produced by a water utility for consumption/use, and the amount of water that is actually billed to customers. This article discusses the ongoing challenge of water loss and non-revenue water throughout the water supply chain.

California Innovation and Meeting the Water Challenge

California is a global leader in innovation and can leverage this strength to meet the increasing demand for water solutions, particularly given the state’s extreme drought and relatively high water use. The report starts with an overview of how California’s water use compares to other states and California’s water usage trends, then focuses on innovation in the water industry and how it can shape the future of water management.

Data, Data, Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

One company at the forefront of the residential sector is San Francisco–based WaterSmart, whose data is behind what Sonke saw on his bill. WaterSmart combs through about 760 million data points per hour and boils it down to the information residents receive.

Water Management’s High Tech Future

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.