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Will Technology Save the Day – What Innovation is on the Horizon?

Submitted by: Déborah Ramírez

Posted: Mar 09, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST

Series: Water - Scarcity and Solutions

Tags: water consumption, internet of things

 
Deborahramirez

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We are the ones that have to save the day. We have to start using every resource we’ve got to change the unsustainable course of water management in which we are now. The concern of people, companies, and entire cities towards water issues these days, makes this the proper time to start finding ways to be environmentally responsible and to think about our very near future.

Eco-friendly means to use fewer resources and create less waste and pollution in our every day lives or our industrial processes. Terms like “sustainability’ or “clean production” are becoming common in our everyday chats.  

At the same time, there has been a boom in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). IoT in layman terms is nothing else than the inclusion of electronics and software in those devices we have in our homes or manufacturing processes. These technological capabilities enable them to communicate with one another in order to give us greater value and services by capturing relevant data on, sometimes, real time. What better application can we find for these devices than to become an aid in our efforts to have a more sustainable development? 

How does the IoT for water consumption work? 

  1. Measure   The first step is to know how much is being consumed. If this information can be received in real time, it will give you control over the consumption itself. Imagine taking a bath, or doing the dishes and an alarm beeps to remind you that you got to your limit. This would help us rationalize and therefore, become “smart” consumers.
  2. Set goals   These parameters are needed to set limits according to what is adequate and to have a more efficient usage to actually make any progress in your efforts to conserve water (and save money).
  3. Record  and Adjust  You finally have the knowledge to prepare a strategy that will influence your consumption. It is time to start making the real changes.
     
  4. Share   Sharing with family and friends your discoveries will motivate others to do the same, and the impact can be multiplied. For example, having campaigns where the water saved at your house can be allocated in other parts of the world.

These steps can be scaled to commercial locations where leaks can be a tremendous loss if not detected. Applicable also in places where knowing how much water a tenant consumes in particular. Or where controlling the water used in manufacturing processes is important.

Even entire cities can benefit from this framework by creating a big data pool to be used for policy makers to distribute the vital liquid in a more fair way. What if instead of paying for water once we get the bill, we would pay just after consuming it? Would that change the way we perceive the cost of water?  Maybe, but we really think that step number one is to have our consumption numbers available anywhere, anytime. In our smart phones, tablets, or computers. This access to information carries the potential to make us think twice before taking long baths, or letting the water run while doing the dishes. 

Check out Driblet, a smart water solution that can help you with your water management plans.  www.driblet.io

This is the most recent article in our series on Water - Scarcity and Solutions. For more articles, go to
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