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Smart Water Leak Detection for Agriculture Solution by: PowWow Energy

PowWow Energy helps farmers detect and prevent expensive and crop-damaging water leaks without installing sensors.

The Triple Bottom Line

Environmental PowWow Energy, a start-up, estimates that the first leak it detected in a pilot trial would have wasted about 12,000 gallons of water and 800 kWh of energy.

Social The solution provides farmers with access to their energy data anywhere and delivers an alarm whenever there is a leak.

Economic Using the data from already installed smart meters makes investments in expensive water meters unnecessary.

PowWow Energy collects energy data from smart meters to detect water leaks, which are common in drip and spray irrigation systems. Using sophisticated algorithms, the software detects electric signatures that are characteristic of a leak and alerts the farmers and ranchers by sending them a text message, helping them to instantly identify and fix the leak. Eight percent of all energy use in California, USA, where the solution is currently deployed, is consumed by agriculture, and around 70% of this is energy is used for water pumping.1 Using the pumps more effectively can help reduce energy consumption significantly. This solution helps farmers save money on utility bills and reduce repair costs while avoiding crop losses. Why a Sustainia100 solution? The solution helps to minimize unnecessary water loss in the agricultural sector, which accounts for about 70% of all water consumed globally.2 Furthermore, it is a cheaper alternative to installing expensive water meters, as a smart electricity meter can deliver the information needed to detect and alleviate water losses.

Developed: USA

Deployed:  USA

! 1 The California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative. “Water & Energy”. Online. 2 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. “Aquastat.” Online.


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