Bringing water-use data to life continued
The web portal allows users to see how much water is used by their activities, such as irrigation, and they can adjust their water use accordingly. Photo credit: Crestock.
new families with no new outside supplies brought in. These are both spurs to continued economic growth.”
been working with The Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization to copyright the web portal development code, database structure and design. Continuing AMI work Additional features the team plans for the new The success of the project and input from water project include more email alerts, a mobile app, conservation professionals and others has confirmed consumer reports, neighborhood comparisons, that continued research is needed. conservation education materials and indoor and “Water conservation is a large part of meeting outdoor use estimates. future water demands and should continue to be Title: Achieving Household The team also plans to expand to new an area of focus for Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Water-use Efficiency Using utilities, continue data collection and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Advanced Metering Infrastructure analysis, deliver education programs the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station,” Principal Investigator: and present at state and national conferBrumbelow said. “Further, the need for water Kelly Brumbelow ences. It will also develop standardized conservation program evaluation has been echoed best management practices for the Water Co-Principal Investigators: by various utilities, and this project plays a role in Kevin Wagner, Scott Cummings Conservation Advisory Council and that area of research as well.” participate in and pursue a National Leak detection is another area of potential Science Foundation Innovation-Corps growth, and utilities are interested in the grant to conduct market research. development of technology to detect leaks, he said. The AMI project received continued funding This project was funded by a joint Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M AgriLife beginning in November 2015 for another two Extension Service Water Seed Grant: Creation and Deployment of years, which will include working to copyright Water-Use Efficient Technology Platforms. In 2013, the Texas Legislature the developed features for licensing to utilities charged the agencies to address the critical nexus for water-use efficiency as and/or private industry. The project team has also part of addressing the future water needs of Texas
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