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Using Real Time Data to Encourage Water Wise Habits

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What would it mean for your water use if you knew exactly how much water you were using in your home ... and exactly how much it was costing you? Would it change your behavior? Water providers and some home builders hope that having access to real-time data will help consumers use less. For Connecting the Drops, our state-wide radio series on water topics, CFWE's Caitlin Coleman reports. 

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New smart houses are going up at Sterling Ranch, all equipped with dual water metering and an app interface called Steward.
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Rene Herrera, technology integration officer at Siemens, stands in the company's technology research lab in Littleton and demonstrates a mockup of Steward, the app that Sterling Ranch homeowners will be able to use to stay connected and receive real-time information about their water use. 

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Marty Skolnick, Siemens' account manager for the Sterling Ranch Project, holds up a dual water meter. Meters like this will be installed in all Sterling Ranch homes so that indoor and outdoor water use can be tracked separately. The meters automatically upload use information to the billing authority at Sterling Ranch, Dominion Water and Sanitation District, and electronically share that information with consumers through the Steward app so they can track their water use.
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Jorge Figueroa, a senior water policy analyst with Western Resource Advocates, sees Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) as a powerful conservation-encouraging tool that could contribute to climate resiliency in the West.
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Brock Smethills, chief technology officer for Sterling Ranch, envisions a future where advanced water metering is based on predictive analytics. "Eventually where we'd like to get is where homeowners will be able to say, 'Here's how much I'd like to spend on water,' and have the home manager around it, as opposed to the homeowner. If you look at home automation, that's really where it needs to go in order to make sense."

Take the Next Step: Read & Learn More

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education wants to help you speak fluently and learn more about water data. Check out the Summer 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine: Data Illuminates New Solutions for Water. 

 

Connecting the Drops Partners

Connecting the Drops is a radio collaboration between the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Colorado Community Radio Stations KGNU, KDNK and KRCC.

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