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March 3, 2016 – The water meter buried in your front yard isn’t exactly the most cutting-edge piece of technology. While they are accurate, most residential water meters are read only once per month, resulting in rough usage data – often rounded to the nearest 1,000 gallons. With the limited data, water utility managers can’t distinguish individual uses, such as sprinklers versus toilets, or determine usage by time of day. This limits their ability to spot costly leaks or see opportunities for water conservation. And it gives water users no useful information about how and when they use water.
Utah State University
water meters, water utility, water conservation, water resource, water supply, water demand, Smart meters
USU College of Engineering, "Winning the Water War Starts with Winning the Battle on Data | College of Engineering" (2016). College of Engineering News. 83.