It’s not a question of if leaks will happen — it’s a question of when. While some are obvious, many are invisible and go unnoticed for days, weeks, or even months — causing significant damage and expenses. Hidden leaks or pipe breaks often rack up high water bills long before the problem can be discovered and repaired. Fortunately, smart water management technology can help property owners and managers monitor their water use and water data can give them enough warning to fix leaks before they become destructive.
Leaks not only needlessly waste water, they lead to several water-related issues on properties – both indoors and out – such as:
- Water stains
- Wood rot
- Appliance corrosion and rusting
- Weakened foundation
- Mold growth
- Asphalt erosion
Having water use data and visibility ensures leaks are caught and resolved before they lead to these issues. WaterCompass is a leak monitoring and water use analytics service that uses non-invasive high resolution flow monitoring devices, which enable real-time water data visiblity, use analysis, and alerts and notifications. With WaterCompass, the HydroPoint support team keeps an eye on abnormal water usage and sends notifications as soon as anomalies are spotted. Property managers, facilities managers, and sustainability professionals rely on WaterCompass to stay on top of water use and eliminate property damage, unnecessary costs, and water waste.
Water data in action
“If you want to understand your water data and get high quality insight, WaterCompass is a great option. The best thing about it is that it’s simple, and I think that’s what makes it so effective.”— Bryan Glosik, Director of Energy, NRP Group
These real-world examples illustrate the wide variety of leaks WaterCompass detects every day on properties across the nation:
- An irrigation valve accidentally run over by a truck leaking 6,852 GPH at a retail company in Washington — would have amounted to ~4,604,544 GPH of wasted water per month if not discovered and fixed
- A master valve leaking 347 GPH at a top healthcare company’s surgery center in California — would have amounted to ~233,184 GPH of wasted water per month if not discovered and fixed
- 169 GPH leak on a zone valve at a university in Kansas — would have amounted to ~113,568 GPH of wasted water per month if not discovered and fixed
- Multiple mainline breaks at a popular retailer in California leading to 3,075 GPH in leaking water — would have amounted to ~2,066,400 GPH of wasted water per month if not discovered and fixed
- Faulty zone valve leaking 87 GPH at an apartment complex in Texas — would have amounted to ~58,464 GPH of wasted water per month if not discovered and fixed
Leaks add up fast. A commercial campus had a leaking faucet and a stuck toilet valve equating to 641 GPH of water loss. Based on the water rates in the region, if left unresolved, these leaks would have cost them:
- $107.68 per day
- $753.81 per week
- $3,284 per month
- ~$39,000 per year
Water is a precious resource — it’s important to do whatever we can to not waste a drop of it. Setting up a leak monitoring and water use analytics service is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet and your properties. Learn more about WaterCompass and the power of water data here.