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Over the past 20 years, private businesses have joined forces with US and local government to improve the efficiency of water systems: spending billions on infrastructure to reduce waste and save money. Despite their efforts, more than 2 trillion gallons of water are still lost every year according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

So, after all of the investments, why are we still wasting water?

While there are several contributing factors, undetected leaks caused by an aging infrastructure have become the primary source of water waste.

Much like they do for energy, these property owners and managers must begin monitoring their water use on a weekly basis to ensure efficiency. With the help of solutions that allow you to monitor water consumption down to the hour, as well as the incorporation of conservation principles and procedures, one can easily remedy leaks and save water.

With millions of pipes buried underground, some dating back to the Civil War era, most are not examined until there is a problem or a water main break. Assuming every pipe would need to be replaced, the cost over the coming decades could reach more than $1 trillion, according to the AWWA. In a time of raising water rates and major restrictions on usage, the constant breaks and underground leaks are costing both local water departments and property owners time and money.

As our infrastructure continues to age, pipe breaks and underground leaks are inevitable. With the help of a sound conservation plan that includes continuously monitoring a property for leaks, water efficiency can greatly increase.

In our experience, simply using WaterSignal’s breakthrough technology to monitor water usage will conserve 14% on average each year. For best results, it takes a serious commitment to save water; in doing so your green conservation program can put you in the black.

Want to know where the water is going? Take a look at the infographic below:

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WaterSignal is a green technology company focused on water conservation. WaterSignal measures water flow in real time to detect leaks and monitor domestic meters, irrigation systems, and cooling towers for commercial, multifamily, medical and educational properties. WaterSignal is located in Alpharetta, GA, and currently has operations in 17 states.