Can the IoT Solve Our Water Crisis?


Buzzwords are a dime a dozen. The Internet of Things (IOT) might sound like another buzz word, but the reality is it's one buzz word that could have significant implications in helping solve our water crisis globally.

On the very basic levels, smart water meters could provide information and analysis that can provide information that can change behaviors. Knowledge of usage could have profound implications for water conservation and sustainability which could have huge impacts on the severe drought zones across the US. 

The four areas included in the IOT water sector include consumer, business, government, and infrastructure. When comparing these four areas, the category that could benefit greatest from IOT technology and might have the most profound impact in the shortest about of time is infrastructure. The massive amounts of water that our country's water utilities must clean daily and supply to our communities is staggering. At the infrastructure level, IOT can ensure water is being used efficiently which in turn can help cut costs due to over watering or alerting to undiscovered leaks in the system. 

IOT technologies allow workers to understand and detect malfunctions in the system before it becomes a catastrophic event. Alerting operators in real time of issues within the system helps prevent further problems that can lead to high-cost fixes in the future. Some of the other ways treatment plants can monitor equipment are through water pressure levels, vibration levels as well as detecting leaks. While operators are capable of checking issues in the plants, many are so large that if something major were to happen to the system by the time the operator arrives they have to shut down the entire system which can lead to lost time, customer complaint as well as unneeded stress on the water system.

Agriculture is another area that could greatly benefit from advances in IOT technologies. Agriculture producers consume a massive amount of the U.S.'s water supply. With about 40 percent of the freshwater going directly to Agriculture, there are many opportunities to help conserve water within the water processes. Antiquated irrigation systems waste thousands of gallons annually. By utilizing IOT technologies in the fields, the potential for water saving which in turn also lead to cost saving is enormous. 

City budgets are already stressed. Communities have more and more needs, and officials are always looking for ways to do more with less. Landscape irrigation is another area that is ripe for IOT technologies to take over. Many of our public parks, medians and other public spaces use an enormous amount of our water supply annually. According to, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly one-third of all of the public water use is wasted due to, evaporation, wind or runoff. Technologies are becoming more readily available to help curb our inefficiencies in watering and irrigation. These technologies will be key to the future of our water supply and water conservation efforts. 

Adoption of new water technologies can be one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome. While many are looking for ways to conserve water, understanding what technology is available can be a daunting task. 

Installing IOT technologies is a proactive approach to the future of water. There are other ways to help conserve water as well. Interested in water reuse technologies that can assist in preserving natural resources while cutting costs? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you take the next step in cost-effective water reuse systems.