Pay-as-you-go model for household water?

| by Larry Acker
Pay-as-you-go model for household water?

Imagine if the gas pump did not show the gallons and dollars being pumped in real time, but only the final totals. Or if the scoreboard at a basketball game didn’t keep up with baskets and free throws in real time, but just showed the final accumulation of points at the end of the game. As consumers (and sports fans), we rely on real-time information to know what is going on in the moment.

Unfortunately, utility meters do not give consumers real-time data. A month later, if the report is read at all, a homeowner knows how many kilowatt hours of electricity and how many gallons of water were used in the home. There is no opportunity to make retroactive adjustments in daily usage. 

What if residential faucets operated the way the pay showers do at campgrounds, with tokens or quarters required for a certain number of minutes? Larry Acker thinks it would be a great idea, albeit farfetched, to make people more conscious of their water usage. Acker is the owner of California-based Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, which manufacturers the ACT D’MAND Kontrols system, a pump that provides hot water on demand for sinks, showers and baths.

“My personal feeling is that a building should be allocated so much water,” Acker said. “You’re allocated 35 gallons a day in a home, for example, and here’s what it costs you, but how you use it is up to you.”

Until the day homeowners can monitor water usage in gallons and dollars in real time, it’s important for everyone to be educated on this precious natural resource. Water is not in an infinite supply. A typical municipality’s water system doesn’t separate “clean” and “dirty” water: every drop that goes down the drain, clean or not, goes into the sewage system and on its way to the processing plant.

According to studies conducted by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household wastes between 7,000 and 10,000 gallons of water a year waiting for hot water. As the 50-degree water heats up to 120 degrees, gallons upon gallons of water are running down the drain.

With sustainable products like ACT D’MAND, that water can be saved. The ACT D’MAND Kontrols system uses proprietary technology to heat water in just a second or two, creating hot water on demand for the user.

About the sponsor:ACT D’MAND Kontrols® and Structured Plumbing® are registered marks of Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc.; a privately owned corporation that started as a family business and is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. ACT D’MAND Kontrols Systems are made in America and sold through wholesale plumbing supply houses and national representative groups. The company has distribution throughout the U.S. and six other countries. For more information, visit

Topics: Bathroom, Going Green, Heating & Cooling, Kitchen, Plumbing & Fixtures, Water Saving Devices

Companies: ACT D'MAND Systems

Larry Acker
Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www

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