Behavioral water efficiency pioneer helps regional suppliers with education and compliance
San Francisco — WaterSmart Software, the pioneering leader in behavioral water-use efficiency technology, today announced support for legislation passed on May 31, 2018 that makes water conservation a way of life on a permanent basis in California. Assembly Bill 1668 and its companion, Senate Bill 606, combine to detail requirements for California water suppliers to develop and enforce water consumption targets or face fines of up to $10,000 per day beginning in 2027.
Water-use efficiency standards will be determined at the local level and will include indoor targets, outdoor irrigation targets, and water loss goals. This approach, which requires approval by the State Water Resources Control Board, allows for regional flexibility based on parcel size and urban density, while driving the entire state to higher efficiency standards regardless of drought conditions.
“WaterSmart has long been an advocate for more quantifiable and enforceable efficiency standards, and is encouraged by the recently passed state legislation,” said Dominique Gomez, Chief Operating Officer of WaterSmart Software. “Our pioneering behavioral efficiency platform is ideally suited to support California water agencies in communicating and monitoring water use requirements, while providing end-use customers with personalized, water saving recommendations to help them reach efficiency goals while concurrently reducing water bills.”
The WaterSmart customer engagement and data analytics platform is deployed with nearly 40 California water suppliers and more than 90 utilities throughout the United States, managing water-use data from more than 3 million households. The platform incorporates advanced machine learning capabilities to help proactively identify, notify, and resolve end-use customer leaks and high bills. Suppliers use the system for automated customer communications, electronic bill and and payment services, board and state-level reporting requirements, and water balance reporting among many other capabilities.