AquaHawk Analysis - Improve Water Conservation Results

AquaHawk Analysis™ is a service that enables municipal water utilities to:

  • ­Better understand how their customers are using water
  • ­Identify accounts that are using water inefficiently
  • ­Monitor how customers are responding to conservation programs
  • ­Measure the amount of water your conservation activities have saved.

If your organization is making an investment in water conservation programs to tackle current and future water scarcity issues, AquaHawk Analysis is a necessity. It will ensure you generate a positive return on your conservation dollars and that your initiatives are producing measurable results.

The Current Water Conservation Model is not Model

The current model for implementing water conservation programs could be described as, "Ready. Fire." It's a scattershot method of attempting to save water by making conservation programs available to all accounts that show interest. It all but skips the "Aim" step.

This inevitably leads to utilities spending precious resources on accounts that are under-irrigating or are already conservation conscious. Those accounts that represent the biggest opportunity for water savings don't get the attention they deserve.

Does this describe how your organization conducts its water conservation efforts?

  1. Create a water conservation plan.
  2. Select a couple programs to run and allocate a budget.
  3. Conduct the programs.
  4. Maybe measure results.
  5. Repeat #2 - #4 the next year.

There is a much more effective model for conducting water conservation that uses statistical analysis as the foundational element for guiding, managing, and ensuring consistent and positive water-saving outcomes.

Stacking the Water Conservation Deck

Consider how much further your conservation dollars would go if your programs saved water 90-95% of the time? Wouldn't it be helpful to have a "hit list" of those customers across all your customer classes--residential, commercial, industrial, etc.--who were wasting the most water? Imagine being able to see almost immediately if the programs you put in place were saving water and how much.

An Innovative Approach to Water Conservation

You definitely can accomplish these outcomes by using an improved water conservation model. The steps are:

  1. Profile your customer base
  2. Identify inefficient users
  3. Target your conservation initiatives
  4. Actively monitor performance
  5. Measure your results.

1. Profile your Customer Base

The first step is to characterize how your customers are already using water. This involves analyzing historical consumption, landscape area, evapotranspiration (ET) and irrigation requirement (IR) data. If you can overlay customer classification information--e.g. single family residences, multifamily, garden, homes, industrial, etc.--and compare usage from similar groups, informative patterns will begin to emerge.

2. Identify Inefficient Users

This is where statistical data analysis offers incredible value. Take a look at the following graphic. It shows four years of monthly usage data for nearly 1,700 accounts.

 

AquaHawk Analysis Usage Summary

Figure 1: Historical Water Consumption Data for 1700 Accounts

 

How do you identify the "problem" accounts? How do you find the chronic over-irrigators?

Analytics can unlock the treasure trove of information in very large, complex datasets. Used properly, it can track down those customers who:

  • Are using water inefficiently
  • Have a high degree of variability in their usage
  • Routinely suffer from water leaks.

These consumers should obviously be the primary focus of your conservation efforts because they represent the biggest opportunity for water savings.

3. Target your Conservation Initiatives

Instead of making a few general programs available to your entire customer base, cherry pick the inefficient water users and create individualized conservation programs for them. This is where the expertise of your conservation team is invaluable. They can develop custom solutions that include:

  • Indoor/outdoor audits
  • ET controller/rain sensor installs
  • Upgrading/replacing irrigation systems
  • Appliance swap-outs and more.

4. Actively Monitor Performance

As soon as a customer has received conservation assistance, the account should be placed into a monitoring program. Monitoring tracks water usage at the property or business, compares it to appropriate ET/IR values and similar user accounts, to gauge whether or not the conservation efforts are working.

If the customer is using water efficiently, that's great. If the customer isn't, the conservation team can contact the individual and offer additional support.

By monitoring, you ensure that your efforts actually save water. It also allows you to make consistent, predictable, and incremental improvements, account-by-account, until all customers are using water efficiently.

5. Measure Your Results

At the end of the irrigation season or the year, conduct a final evaluation and measure how well you did. This should be an exciting time for the conservation team because the results are going to be outstanding. You'll have saved a lot of water and your final analysis will be the baseline for the next year's programs.

Why Aren't Providers Already Analyzing Their Data?

Many water utilities are not evaluating their conservation programs because statistical data analysis is difficult. The datasets are large and influenced by multiple variables--e.g. weather, the economy, behavior, customer type, etc.

For example, if you provide water to 2,000 accounts and collect monthly consumption figures, after five years you've gathered more than 120,000 data points. If you collect daily reads, the number jumps to more than 3,600,000 values. If your customer base is 10,000 accounts, five years of daily data will give you more than 18,000,000 records. Try managing that in Excel!

Analytical tools that are easy-to-use and affordable, are not readily available. Moreover, for many providers, even though this area is valuable, it's cost prohibitive to develop a custom analytical solution or to pay staff to learn how to perform the evaluations.

Investing In Evaluation Pays Off

If your organization is going to invest in water conservation, it makes sense to first invest in evaluation. AmCoBi can help. AquaHawk Analysis is the water conservation program targeting and evaluation solution.

Municipal water providers will finally have the information they need to target specific user groups, understand which of their programs are effective, and to what degree. AquaHawk also serves as a third party verification that will demonstrate to board members, conservation committees, regulatory agencies, and your customers how well your conservation programs are performing.

Who is AquaHawk Analysis for?

Any municipal water provider that is conducting water conservation programs will benefit from AquaHawk Analysis.

What is the Price?

The price of the service is based on the number of water accounts to be evaluated and monitored. The service is affordable and for covered entities in the State of Colorado with a water conservation plan on file, grants may be available through the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

What's Included in an AquaHawk Analysis?

AquaHawk Analysis includes the following:

  • ­Summary report of your customers' historical usage data
  • ­A "hit list" of accounts that would benefit from individualized conservation assistance
  • ­A Web portal to monitor water savings performance
  • ­Comparison of different types of water users--e.g. single family, commercial, multifamily--and how they compare to each other
  • ­Recommendations for improving conservation results.

AmCoBi will explain the results, answer questions, and participate in follow up discussions.

See an Online Demonstration

We recommend scheduling an online Web demonstration so you can see firsthand the comprehensive capabilities this service offers. It takes about 20-30 mins. and you can view the demonstration from any computer with an Internet connection.

Download a Product Datasheet

Click the link below to download a product datasheet.

AquaHawk Analysis Datasheet (PDF)

How do I get Started?

Give us a call today to discuss your water conservation programs and plans. The AquaHawk Analysis setup process is simple and we'll help you each step of the way.