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What solutions will Smart Meters provide? June 11, 2010

Posted by WaterWise Consulting in Water & Business, water conservation, Water Footprint, Water/Energy Connection.
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Glendale Water and Power recently began installing Smart Meters to test the new devices and begin phasing out the obsolete older meters. Glendale Water and Power was scheduled to begin replacing meters on April 8. The new Smart Meters are able to sustain two-way communication with the utility company, which could potentially help reduce water consumption.
Glendale Water and Power plans to have the Smart Meters online so users can view real-time consumption. Being able to view the current consumption can help customers lower their consumption rates by discovering any leaks. Glendale Water and Power is also planning on replacing electricity meters with Smart Meters.
Customers will be able to detect any leaks they may have by turning off all fixtures, such as faucets, showers, and hoses. The customer will then be able to access their live water meter consumption and see if any water is being used. If the meter is still running, either there is a leak or you forgot to turn something off!
If you suspect that there is a leak in your home, some of the most common places are: running toilets, dripping faucets and showerheads, or leaking pipes.
Running toilets often make hissing noises as the flapper lets in a trickle of water to re-fill the tank. If you are unsure of a leaking toilet, place 3-4 drops of food coloring in the tank and wait approximately 15 minutes. If the water in your toilet bowl has dye in it, you have a leak. Some leaks can be fixed by changing the flapper in your toilet, as they dry out and crack over age. Other leaks may require you to install a new toilet.
Dripping faucets and showerheads are some of the most common leaks in households. Although they seem small, leaks can cost customers hundreds of dollars per year. Some leaks are caused by old gaskets, and others are caused by the actual fixture (such as a faucet or shower) not sealing properly. If the gasket is the problem, you can un-screw the showerhead or faucet aerator and change out the gasket. Using a small amount of Teflon tape also helps seal the threads on the fixture. If the actual fixture is leaking, you should replace it with a new fixture to prevent any un-needed water loss.
Leaking pipes are also a concern for customers, especially in homes with older pipes. They often occur under the house in the crawl space, or outdoors because the temperature fluctuations stress the pipes and may cause cracks. If this is the case, contact your local plumber and have them fix the leak.
If you have any other leaking fixtures, feel free to send me an email and I’ll look for a solution!
Brian O’Neill
boneill@waterwise-consulting.com

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