In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions. As water use in the United States continues to increase, many regions have started looking for ways to conserve.
Utility submetering and Ratio Utility Billing (RUBS) are two energy-saving practices that make residents responsible for their own water usage. Studies show that when residents are responsible for their own utility usage, overall utility expenses for the property can decrease by 20% to 30%. WaterWatch Corporation has helped clients to experience this phenomenon by implementing various utility billing systems that focus on resident responsibility.
While installing water efficient product choices such as low flow toilets and shower heads can help to slow the amount of water usage, it doesn’t address the behavioral component necessary to limit utility usage in the long run. Installing submetering systems that give residents control of their own utility expenses can spark the behavioral changes needed to conserve water and ultimately lower a property’s operating costs.
For more information on how multifamily properties owners can reduce their utility expenses please visit www.waterwatchcorp.com or call us toll-free at 800-256-9826
John Paul is Vice President of Operations for WaterWatch Corporations and has over 10 years of experience in the utility submetering industry. He previously spent 30 years with IBM developing and implementing customer service applications.