Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the key challenges of our generation and is certainly a pressing topic for environmentally conscious and expense conscious companies across the country. Presently water usage accounts for 6% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the UK, meaning that making efficiencies around the consumption of water can make a significant impact to both the environment and the bottom line.
Modern smart water technologies combining artificial intelligence (AI) big data and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, when applied effectively, have the potential to assist in dramatically reducing water consumption levels, far beyond the traditional methods of conservation seen to date. Here are just a few of the ways that these technologies can be applied to save water, money and the environment.
Smart Water Meters:
IoT enabled smart water meters and sensors facilitate the real-time monitoring of water usage and provide regular updates and immediate alerts when necessary to business owners to pursue water-saving opportunities. An IoT-based real-time water monitoring system is implemented to analyse the complete water usage in order to devise solutions and address water overconsumption/wastage during the manufacturing process.
These solutions are particularly beneficial in water-intensive manufacturing systems, with large quantities of water required for various processes including washing, cleaning. Smart water meters also remove the reliance on monthly billing cycles, and so businesses can make informed decisions around the consumption of water.
Smart Water Sensors:
Smart water sensors, in essence, enable the prediction of faults across the network of water pipes that exist in buildings and plants and large quantities of water waste is due to faulty piping. As these pipeline networks are often hidden from view it is almost impossible to detect, often very wasteful leaks until it is too late. Smart connected sensors that are integrated into the network of pipes in almost every building can enable immediate detection of leaks that would previously have remained undetected. The technology can also provide information regarding the direct cause of the issue, significantly reducing downtime and issue resolution time.
Smart Pump Technology:
IoT enabled smart pump technologies can reduce water consumption in buildings by up to 70%. An IoT smart pump is a water pump that is enabled by data and analytics to monitor and provide real-time information on multiple factors, such as the pump’s health, its performance, pressure, temperature, and the velocity of water passing through it. When analysed effectively, this intelligence can provide insights to determine the current health of the smart pump and predict when it will either need to be serviced or be replaced, removing the possibility of an unexpected component failure, while optimising the asset lifespan.
There are are many ways that businesses can reduce water usage, but without doubt, IoT enabled solutions offer the some of the best opportunities to enable significant and often rapid returns on investment for those that are looking to to manage water in the right way, cut energy consumption by up to 70% in some areas while reducing CO2 emissions and saving costs.
Charlotte Fuller is an award-winning digital transformation consultant. She helps her clients get to the heart of what their business needs, so they can create competitive, digital strategies that enable growth. Subscribe to her newsletter and never miss an update.