The world’s ongoing water crisis is real. One in four of the world’s largest cities are currently in water stress, and the global infrastructure for collecting, cleaning, and distributing water is critically strained. We are locked in an ongoing struggle to maintain sufficient supplies of water in the face of increasing global temperatures and continuing worsening droughts.
Water waste is not only a major contributor to the decline of reservoirs, but also a significant source of carbon emissions.
Water treatment and delivery in the United States account for 13 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption. In many municipalities, water is the single greatest energy investment. The carbon emissions related to water treatment, heating and distribution add up to an estimated 290 million metric tons a year—approximately 5 percent of total U.S. emissions and equal to the carbon output of more than 60 coal-fired power plants. In California alone, water-related consumption of electricity, natural gas, and diesel fuel results in carbon emissions equal to 7 million passenger vehicles.
If construction contractors and facilities and other building management teams could reduce their water waste, they would also make progress in the advance to net zero emissions.
A Lot of Water Wasted in Buildings
Until recently, however, water has remained a largely unmanaged resource. Much of the water we use in the construction and operation of buildings is simply waste. Approximately 25 percent of all water entering buildings is ultimately wasted.
Innovative approaches to water management in the built environment offer a unique chance to reduce water waste and reach sustainability goals—all while saving money and reducing exposure to risk. These smart water management solutions powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning offer the lodging and hospitality industries new opportunities to reduce water waste and reach sustainability goals.
Cutting-edge AI applications are transforming how facilities in the lodging industry deal with water waste. Innovations in IoT and AI make it possible to mitigate water waste and meet sustainability goals proactively.
The right leak detection and analytics solution will support a building’s complete operational lifecycle, from construction to operation. At all stages, today’s effective systems provide accurate real-time data on water consumption, identify the location of a leak, and even shut off the water supply automatically in case the leak has the potential to cause damage. Robust and modular, they are adaptable and function throughout a building’s lifecycle, from construction to operation.
Intelligent Real-Time Monitoring
Powerful water management and analytics solutions for sustainable water management provide intelligent real-time monitoring, helping teams identify leaks at the source, eliminating the risk of water loss, property damage, and interrupted workflows as well as carbon emissions. They offer a way for companies to proactively respond to urgent climate and economic concerns by optimizing water usage.
The powerful results of effective leak detection and water management technology solutions—protecting a rapidly diminishing resource and minimizing carbon emissions—demonstrate that such solutions can be an integral part of a successful sustainability strategy for today’s facilities.
AI and other connected solutions empower facilities teams with vital information and analytics that can dramatically improve sustainability and reduce waste, emissions and inefficiency. Intelligent water-flow analysis can provide real-time alerts and automatically shut off water supplies when needed, allowing facilities managers and their teams to reduce overall water consumption and its related carbon footprint by an average of 20 to 25 percent.
Water sustainability is an increasingly urgent priority across the built environment. Water scarcity is a critical worldwide issue, and the use of water results in significant use of energy and carbon emissions. Moreover, water leaks cause extensive damage to facilities and can severely disrupt operations. Powerful, AI-based solutions for the challenges presented by water waste and leaks deliver real-world results that help organizations and the communities they serve.
About the Author
Yaron Dycian is Chief Product and Strategy Officer for WINT, a groundbreaking software company that produces artificial intelligence-powered leak detection and water management solutions. WINT serves some of the world’s largest organizations including technology, construction, and real estate businesses.