The system will help the schools detect leaks & conserve water
Scott Kale, vice president of sales for WaterSignal, announced that Spelman College and the Westminster Schools in Atlanta have installed the company’s wireless system, which reads water flow in real time and sends data for instant analysis and alerts when water spikes/leaks occur. The new contracts grow the company’s school portfolio, which already includes the Fulton County School System and its 38 campuses.
“Schools are under constant pressure to keep operating costs low, in order to provide more resources for the students. Before WaterSignal, administrators and property managers didn’t have the real-time data to effectively manage their water consumption,” Kale said. “With our system, they can see exactly what the entire property is using, and can compare building to building on a daily basis to spot anomalies and potential problems. We estimate that each school will save approximately 14% annually, which in Atlanta is a significant cost savings.”
Serving more than 2,000 students, Spelman College’s campus consists of 26 buildings spread across 39 acres in downtown Atlanta. The Westminster Schools, also in Atlanta, comprise a campus of 13 academic buildings situated on 180 acres.
“Immediately after the installation of WaterSignal, we found two leaks that we would have never known about without the hourly data that WaterSignal provides. I can tell right now, this system is going to save us money and more than pay for itself,” said William D. Broome, director of facilities for the Westminster Schools.
WaterSignal is a self-contained, non-intrusive monitor that continuously reads the water meter and sends real-time data wirelessly to a website portal where users can view the property’s water consumption by month, day or even hour.
If a major leak occurs, much like an energy surge popping a circuit breaker, the device immediately alerts the manager or engineer that a water spike above the preset limit has occurred. The alert can be sent to both a computer and a smartphone for the manager to act upon, and can be customized for business hours as well as after hours and weekends.
While the WaterSignal monitoring system can help reduce the costs associated with undetected leaks, the data the system collects plays a role in the building manager’s water conservation efforts. The system costs $995 plus a monthly monitoring fee.