WaterSignal taking Atlanta schools to school on water efficiency

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Schools and universities in Atlanta, which has one of the highest water costs in the country, will soon be making the grade in water efficiency and conservation thanks to WaterSignal.

Scott Kale, Vice President of Sales for WaterSignal, announces that Spelman College and The Westminster Schools have installed the company’s wireless system that reads water flow in real time and sends data for instant analysis and alerts when water spikes/leaks occur. The new contracts grow the company’s school portfolio that already includes the Fulton County School System and its 38 campuses.

Says Kale, “Schools are under constant pressure to keep operating costs low, in order to provide more resources for the students. Before WaterSignal, administrators and property managers didn’t have the real-time data to effectively manage their water consumption. With our system, they can see exactly what the entire property is using, and can compare building to building on a daily basis to spot anomalies and potential problems. We estimate that each school will save approximately 14 percent annually, which in Atlanta is a significant cost savings.”

Serving more than 2,000 students, Spelman College’s campus consists of 26 buildings spread across 39 acres in downtown Atlanta. The Westminster Schools, also in Atlanta, comprise a campus of 13 academic buildings situated on 180 acres.

“Immediately after the installation of WaterSignal, we found two leaks that we would have never known about without the hourly data that WaterSignal provides. I can tell right now, this system is going to save us money and more than pay for itself,” said William D. Broome, Director of Facilities for The Westminster Schools.

Utilizing breakthrough technology, WaterSignal is a self-contained, non-intrusive monitor that continuously reads the water meter and sends real-time data wirelessly to a website portal to view the property’s water consumption by the month, day or even down to the hour.

If a major leak occurs, much like an energy surge popping a circuit breaker, the device immediately alerts the manager or engineer that a water spike above the preset limit has occurred. The alert can be sent to both a computer and a smartphone for the manager to act upon, and can be customized for business hours as well as after hours and weekends.

While the WaterSignal monitoring system can help reduce the catastrophic costs associated with undetected leaks, the data the system collects plays a vital role in the building manager’s water conservation efforts.

The WaterSignal system costs $995 plus a small monthly monitoring fee.

About WaterSignal

WaterSignal is a green technology company focused on water conservation. WaterSignal measures water flow in real-time to detect leaks and monitor irrigation systems and cooling towers for commercial, multifamily, medical and educational properties. WaterSignal is located in Alpharetta, GA with operations in ten states. Visit www.watersignal.com, call 877-704-0980 or follow on Twitter @WaterSignal.