Advanced cloud-based leak detection reporting

23rd June 2017
Lanna Cooper


H2O Degree has announced its latest advancement in cloud-based, leak detection reporting. Working in tandem with H2O Degree’s wireless water meters, the updated web-based leak detection reports are proving effective in helping apartment building owners dramatically cut their average daily consumption, or ADC.

Based on H2O Degree’s field experience in leak reporting, the ADC reduction can be as much as 50% in some cases. 

H2O Degree’s two-way mesh submetering system takes a sophisticated approach to detecting and reporting water leaks for a single apartment down to individual point-of-use entry locations (toilet, shower, etc.) throughout the property. Typical water metres installed in apartments track water by gallons used. The H2O Degree battery-powered wireless water meter, in contrast, also monitors 'events' such as stop/starts and flushes along with the time duration of the water flow. If an unusual event occurs, property managers are immediately alerted to its specific location. Since the water meter’s granular insight about the event enables managers to deduce its cause (i.e., when installed on a toilet, it distinguishes among a broken flapper, broken chain or crack fill valve), they can quickly send an email or text to maintenance staff to fix the problem. Meanwhile, asset managers can access the online leak reports in order to track the building’s historical water-consumption information as well as maintenance response times and follow-up. 

“In apartment buildings, toilets represent 40% of all water consumption - and 70% of all water leaks,” said President of H2O Degree, Don Millstein. “So it’s critical to not only find out when a leak occurs, but to know that the problem was fixed.” He continued, “H2O Degree has updated our leak detection reporting capabilities by using algorithms to pinpoint leaks and store data on a dedicated web portal. Ultimately, our advanced cloud-based leak reports help building owners accomplish three of their main goals: lowering operating costs, increasing net operating income and boosting property values.” 

H2O Degree’s leak detection reports are sortable by serial number, property, apartment, point-of-use and leak size. The company emails daily leak reports through its automated system where the customer (building manager) can assign them to as many as ten recipients. The reports are stored on a secure server in near real time. An easy-to-use dashboard features a variety of user selections including billing data, exception reports, a configurable reporting function and alarms. Aside from leak detection, the system also provides insight into reducing vacant utility cost, indicates over-occupancy and limits the possibility of passing a high water bill caused by leaks onto the tenant, thus improving the tenant experience at the property.

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