Smart Meters Help Prevent Water Loss in Australia – And Everywhere Else

Smart Meters Help Prevent Water Loss in Australia – And Everywhere Else

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Smart Meters Help Prevent Water Loss in Australia
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Increased frequency and severity of droughts across the country have created the need for innovations regarding our freshwater management. Concerns are high enough that Australians have begun investing in saltwater desalination technology. These efforts are to ensure there is enough water available should a substantial drought drain our reservoirs. With water supply concerns growing as the environment changes, smart water management solutions need to be implemented. Not only are these smart systems more efficient, but they also help prevent water loss through untreated, long-term leaks. These leaks result in millions of liters of water loss every year.

“With water supply concerns growing as the environment changes, smart water management solutions need to be implemented.”


How Smart Water Metering Works

Traditional manual water logging comes with many fallbacks. For one, this system requires an incredible amount of labor and effort. Consumers are removed from the monitoring process and are less motivated to reduce their water consumption. Additionally, when leaks happen they can go undetected for long periods.

Water leaks do not just happen at the surface level. Some water leaks happen deep underground and can go unnoticed for excessive periods. Water leaks can be seriously detrimental fiscally as well as practically, as water waste is a growing problem in much of Australia. Smart meters in Australia along with IoT technology have revolutionized the water monitoring process. Smart water meters are capable of:

  • Reducing costs
  • Detecting and alerting leaks
  • Saving water
  • Reducing labor

Data is accessible from anywhere in the world, which makes it much easier to conduct large-scale reviews of water usage and waste. Smart technology puts water management back into the hands of consumers. It empowers consumers to review and reduce their water consumption.

Most importantly, smart monitoring can alert appropriate personnel at the first detection of a leak. This saves Australians both money and water.

LoRaWAN and Water Metering

When it comes to city planning or large-scale device management, a LoRaWAN network is a key component. But what is LoRaWAN? LoRaWAN stands for Long Range Wide Area Network. LoRaWAN is a low-power and highly efficient network for connecting and transmitting data from smart devices to the Internet of Things.

It is substantially more efficient than WiFi or Bluetooth. It also works great in remote areas with poor cellular connectivity. This emerging technology sector has strong collaborative backing from around the world. The LoRa Alliance is a community of technology companies from all around the globe.

The Alliance’s goal is to create a standardized network of LoRaWAN ecosystems. By standardizing LoRa, businesses around the world can take advantage of the best IoT networks available. The benefit of using a LoRaWAN water logger network is that many devices can communicate with each other in a network. Areas with large numbers of water loggers can transmit data to a gateway. The gateway can then transmit the data centrally to the cloud.

LoRa vs LoRaWAN

LoRa and LoRaWAN are often used synonymously, but they are not exactly the same. LoRa is a wireless technology used to communicate via a license-free wireless spectrum. LoRa is just the base layer for IoT device communication – it is not optimized for large-scale data and device management.

LoRaWAN is the networking component necessary for large-scale LoRa use. LoRaWAN adds increased security and capabilities. Devices can transmit large quantities of data securely and efficiently. LoRaWAN technology allows smart water meters to communicate and transmit data as efficiently as possible within the established network.

Supplementing a Smart Water Meter with a LoRa Pulse Logger

Pulse loggers are highly efficient and precise ways to monitor water output. They work by hooking up to existing water monitoring infrastructure and recording “pulses” of water flow. 1 liter/pulse is most common for residential meters, larger meters may generate the pulse after larger volumes of water.

Long-term data on water flow using a pulse logger can make anomaly detection much more rapid. When the output is changed by a leak, the pulse logger can detect unusual patterns to prevent further water wastage.

By pairing a radio water meter with LoRaWAN technology and pulse data loggers, efficiency is massively increased. Leaks and deviations are almost immediately noticed and reported centrally. This allows repairs to be made faster and reduces water waste and costs.

Applications of Pulse Data Loggers in Australia

With climate change creating an increased risk for droughts, every drop of water counts. Recent predictions suggest an increase in the frequency and severity of these droughts in the coming years. Cities all over Australia are preparing for these future droughts.

In Sydney, droughts can have the largest impact. Droughts in recent years have plummeted the city reservoirs’ levels to half capacity at alarming rates. As Australia’s most populous city, a severe Sydney drought could be crippling.

Preserving and conserving water in every way possible is needed to secure there is enough water in the coming years. This is where a smart water meter can shine. By efficiently monitoring water output using a wireless water meter, you can prevent water leaks, lower costs, and encourage residents to control their water usage.

The Hidden Cost of Leaks

The hidden cost of leaks.

In Sydney alone, an estimated 10 percent of available water is lost through leaks. That is equivalent to 150 million liters of water going to waste. In times of drought, that is water that Australians cannot afford to lose. Better water management is possible through IoT devices.

Sydney’s water meters can be optimized using LoRa water loggers, as can many Australian cities. Australians are beginning to recognize the need for digital water accountability and control. We are only just starting to understand the volume of water lost through manual water-logging and delayed leak response times.

As a result, digital water metering programs have just begun popping up across Australia. By supplementing smart water meters with pulse data loggers, consumers can be more precise and controlled in their water management. Pulse loggers can flag water output anomalies almost immediately. This alert time allows faster response times and less water waste.

Implement Smart Water Meters and Pulse Data Loggers For The Most Efficient Water Management

Droughts are on the rise. It is more important than ever to optimize our water management infrastructure through smart meters in Australia and across the globe. Smart water networks and pulse logger technology maximize the efficiency of the water management infrastructure.

By constantly keeping track of the output of water, consumers and government agencies can work together to reduce water waste. With the massive growth in LoRaWAN infrastructure and IoT technology, there has never been a better time to develop smart water infrastructure. Leap to smart water management today.

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