3 new ways to stop plumbing problems with smart technology (video)

3 new ways to stop plumbing problems with smart technology (video)

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Today, more than 40 states, including Nevada, anticipate water shortages within the next ten years according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The World Economic Forum's 10th global risk report ranks "water crises" as the #1 global risk in terms of impact. Changing consumer outdoor water use behavior and habits is critical for sustainability and the national supply.

Here's a look atthree new technological solutions that are addressing this issue:

BrainPipes

Smart and connected home technology is delivering on promises to help reduce wasted water. Here's a look at three recent developments from the 2016 International CES.

BrainPipes monitors the actual use of water by sensors placed throughout the plumbing and only supplies water when legitimately requested by a water device. This approach also allows it to monitor water usage by device, comparing it to industry standards and past trends, and to be able to send alerts when leaks or excessive use are detected.

“BrainPipes was designed to not only act as a leak detection, prevention and alert system, but more importantly as a water conservation solution,” states Bill Hornbaker, President and CEO of Intelligent Water Management. He adds, “I firmly believe water is our planet’s most precious natural resource and we aren’t doing enough globally to protect it.”

With BrainPipes home and business owners benefit from the following: 

  • Easier installation—only one main pipe cut
  • Proactive leak detection before the potential for water damage
  • Location-based leak detection Promotes water conservation
  • Monthly monitoring and usage report based on water-using devices; allows for behavior modification

ETwater

ETwater announced a cloud based services platform, and a new consumer device for delivering intelligence to the outdoor landscape. The EPA estimates that outdoor water use accounts for as much as 60 percent of total freshwater consumption in the U.S., and up to 50 percent of that water is wasted by conventional irrigation methods.

ETwater offered in the commercial and high-end residential markets a cloud-based system that dynamically and automatically controls landscape watering schedules based on weather forecast, plant types, soil, microclimate, and other environmental data. The new ETwater Smartest Sprinkler Service includes a smart water controller device, 24/7 concierge service for landscape and programming needs, reliable wireless network connectivity (3G/4G LTE), and flow control, monitoring, and break detection.

At CES, ETwater offered the first look at ET Unity, its new consumer device and open sustainability platform. ET Unity products will include consumer devices, accessories, mobile applications, and open and licensable services via APIs. Companies, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts will have access to the enabling Hardware, Software, and Services to help them unify and create solutions, and to integrate with other products, platforms, and services.

Delta Leak Detection

Burst pipes, leaky toilets, broken water lines and other water-related issues cost American homeowners more than $2,000 for each repair, according to Home Advisor. To address this concern, Delta Faucet Company unveils Delta™ Leak Detection, Designed with iDevices® – an advanced combination of connected sensors and software, to deliver the peace of mind, security and connectivity consumers expect in their home regarding water leaks. It can simply be placed near a water source to monitor for issues and alert as needed.

Delta Leak Detection is engineered to detect a range of water levels, from pooling water to a few drips that can cause costly damage over time. Two concentric rings of conductive metal within the unit monitor for the presence of unwanted water. Should any water flow over the top or pool underneath the device, an electrical connection between the two rings triggers an automatic alert to a connected smartphone or tablet. For further assurance, an audible alert and flashing LED light will activate to notify those in the home as soon as a leak is detected.

"Today's world is connected and engaged, and we have an expectation that our homes can be as connected as we are to one another," said Susan Fisher, vice president of marketing, Delta Faucet Company. "We leaned on our 60-year history of innovations related to everyday water use to design a simple, efficient leak detection product that will notify homeowners – whether they are home or away – of water leaks, large or small."

Unlike other leak detection systems currently on the market, Delta Leak Detection does not require a hub system for its sensors, simplifying consumer hardware needs and removing product limitations. It communicates directly through a home's Wi-Fi network and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices via a free app, for continuous monitoring.

Delta Leak Detection is designed to work with any water source in a home, including water heaters, washing machines, sump pumps, sinks and toilets. Each Delta Leak Detection sensor requires three AAA batteries with an expected two-year lifespan. It is anticipated to be available nationwide in the second half of 2016.

Read more about smart connected homes.


Topics: Bathroom, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Sinks & Toilets, Water Saving Devices

Companies: Delta Faucet Company


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