What is water intelligence?

In recent years, the advancement of water intelligence technology has profoundly impacted the built environment, transforming how we manage and utilize water resources. Innovative solutions like WINT enhance water efficiency, monitoring, and conservation for residential, commercial, and even industrial spaces. The goal? Water and buildings preservation for a more sustainable and resilient future. 

WINT’s Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Yaron Dycian, has been quoted in various publications discussing this issue. “Water is the last unmanaged resource in buildings,” he explains. “This results in significant waste, carbon emissions, and leak damage. With the world’s water resources rapidly dwindling, rising insurance premiums, and the increasing prominence of net zero goals, ignoring water is no longer an option.”

Monitoring and conservation of water in the built environment 

New water intelligence technologies are transforming how the built environment manages water, enabling complete water usage monitoring to minimize waste and facilitate sustainability efforts. Advanced metering systems provide valuable insights into water consumption patterns, allowing facilities managers, operations managers, and sustainability executives to identify inefficiencies and implement targeted conservation measures. These systems can detect anomalies and abnormal usage patterns, enabling early intervention and preventing excessive water loss. Building managers can also leverage water intelligence data platforms to track and benchmark water usage across different properties, promoting accountability and fostering a culture of conservation.

Moreover, water intelligence technology paired with mobile applications enables users to monitor their water usage, set consumption goals, and receive personalized recommendations for efficient water management. By raising awareness and providing actionable insights, these technologies promote responsible water use and empower users to make informed decisions regarding their water consumption habits.

Leak detection and prevention

Water in the built environment must be preserved while protecting buildings from the potential harm water can cause. The impact of water leaks on the built environment can be disastrous. From structural damage to mold and mildew growth, electrical hazards, increased utility costs, and business interruption, these water leaks have no place in the modern business world. And yet, they’re still happening!

Water intelligence technology like WINT has revolutionized leak detection and prevention by offering real-time detection and warning systems and the capacity to shut off the valves automatically and remotely. Powerful AI-based solutions, with sophisticated algorithms, machine learning, and pattern recognition technology can detect even the smallest leaks within systems and alert users in real-time, allowing for swift repairs and mitigating potential damages. By addressing leaks promptly, these technologies help safeguard buildings while reducing their environmental impact.

The role of Artificial Intelligence in water management 

Artificial intelligence technology is crucial to improving water efficiency, given that traditional water management systems often lack accuracy, which results in wasteful consumption.

Solutions like WINT leverage advanced AI algorithms, machine learning, and pattern recognition capabilities to detect leaks in real time, providing timely alerts to maintenance staff. Moreover, AI systems continuously learn and adapt to the unique characteristics of your water network, optimizing detection accuracy specifically for your site. By comparing usage patterns with their extensive database of water users, including irrigation, lavatories, and specialized equipment, they ensure precise identification of potential leaks and wasteful consumption. 

Additionally, AI-based water intelligence solutions allow different policies to be set at different times like weekends, working hours, off-hours, and peak times to manage water regardless of the building’s occupancy. And with leak detection sensors and other IoT devices, systems like WINT apply artificial intelligence to identify the source of leaks so staff can quickly fix issues.

How to integrate technology into your water management strategy

Implementing an exhaustive water management strategy into your building’s operational goals ensures efficient utilization of this valuable resource, minimizing wastage and promoting preservation. A well-designed strategy encourages responsible water usage among individuals, businesses, and communities, fostering a culture of conservation and ensuring a resilient and livable built environment for future generations. 

The right technology can help you do that. A system such as WINT can be retrofitted and implemented efficiently into just about any commercial building, and it is also integrated with most building management systems. Once installed, WINT systems help ensure you know where your water is going, where it’s not flowing, and what you can do about it. 

One of the best examples of this can be found in the Azrieli Towers, a 2 million square foot complex and office block that was wasting over 60,000 gallons of water daily before WINT was installed. Caused by a mechanical fault, this leak was racking up bills of hundreds of thousands of dollars and due to lack of identification, couldn’t be adequately addressed. Now that WINT has been fitted, the building’s owners are saving massive amounts on costs and have ensured their building is protected for the future. 

Wrapping up

Water intelligence technology and AI in water management are game-changers in the built environment, offering sustainable and efficient solutions for water management. By enhancing water efficiency, enabling real-time monitoring through water intelligence data, and promoting conservation practices, these technologies empower individuals and organizations to actively contribute to a water-conscious future. 

The integration of water intelligence technology optimizes water usage, mitigates environmental impacts, reduces costs, and enhances the resilience of our cities. Water intelligence technology will play an increasingly pivotal role in shaping a sustainable and water-secure future as we continue to embrace these advancements.