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Measuring Water Use, Conservation, and Differences by Gender Using an Inexpensive, High Frequency Metering System


Authors: Jeffery Horsburgh · Miguel E. Leonardo · Adel Abdallah · David Rosenberg
Owners: Jeffery Horsburgh
Resource type:Generic
Created:March 10, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2017, 9:21 p.m. by Jeffery Horsburgh

Abstract

This resource contains the final data files and R scripts used in our analysis of water use across two high-traffic, public restrooms on Utah State University's campus. We used an inexpensive, open source, water metering system that uses off-the-shelf electronic components and inexpensive analog meters to measure water use quantity and behavior at high temporal frequency (< 5 s). We demonstrated this technology in the two restrooms at Utah State University before and after installing high efficiency, automatic faucets and toilet flush valves. We also integrated an inexpensive sensor to count user traffic to the restrooms. Sensing and recording restroom visits and water use events at high frequency allowed us to monitor water use behavior and identify water fixture malfunctions, such as undesired leaks. Results also show average water use per person, variability in water use by different fixtures (faucets versus urinals and toilets), variability in water use by fixtures compared to manufacturer specifications, gender differences in water use, and the difference in water use related to retrofit of the restrooms with high efficiency fixtures. The inexpensive metering system can help institutions remotely measure and record water use trends and behavior, identify leaks and fixture malfunctions, and schedule fixture maintenance or upgrades based on their operation, all of which can ultimately help them meet goals for sustainable water use.

Subject

Smart Meter,Water Use

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Horsburgh, J., M. E. Leonardo, A. Abdallah, D. Rosenberg (2017). Measuring Water Use, Conservation, and Differences by Gender Using an Inexpensive, High Frequency Metering System, HydroShare, http://dx.doi.org/10.4211/hs.d5ba5d65348f4c4088bc0e4d1b9c8291

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Spatial:

 Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:  WGS 84 EPSG:4326
 Coordinate Units:  Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name: Utah State University Business Building

Longitude
-111.8096°
Latitude
41.7413°

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Name Organization Address Phone
Jeffery Horsburgh Utah State University 8200 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-8200 (435) 797-2946
Miguel E. Leonardo Utah State University 8200 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-8200
Adel Abdallah Utah State University 8200 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-8200
David Rosenberg Utah State University 8200 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-8200

Credits

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation CAREER: Cyberinfrastructure for Intelligent Water Supply (CIWS): Shrinking Big Data for Sustainable Urban Water 1552444
National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: CI-WATER, Cyberinfrastructure to Advance High Performance Water Resource Modeling 1135482
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Utah State University Sustainability Office Blue Goes Green Grant

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Adel Abdallah 1 month, 1 week ago

Check out the paper that uses the data here
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364815217303092#!
Jeffery S. Horsburgh, Miguel E. Leonardo, Adel M. Abdallah, David E. Rosenberg, Measuring water use, conservation, and differences by gender using an inexpensive, high frequency metering system, Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 96, 2017, Pages 83-94, ISSN 1364-8152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.035.

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