10,000 East Bay Households Participating in WaterSmart’s Home Water Report Pilot Study
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WaterSmart Software, a water efficiency solutions company that helps utilities educate their customers on ways to conserve water, today announced a one-year pilot study with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to advance residential water use efficiency.
“WaterSmart’s Home Water Reports can drive down demand in a matter of months,” said Peter Yolles, CEO of WaterSmart. “Our scalable solution and simple integration make it easy for utilities of any size to start saving water right away.”
In the East Bay MUD pilot study, WaterSmart will provide participants with bi-monthly Home Water Reports designed to encourage consumers to reduce water use. Participants include over 10,000 households located throughout EBMUD’s service area. WaterSmart’s print or email Home Water Reports display a household’s water use, compare their consumption to similar-sized neighbors, and provide water-saving recommendations. Residents can also register online at WaterSmart’s Consumer Portal to view more detailed water use history and browse the full list of rebate programs and water efficiency tips. Internally, utility staff can access customer data, reports and analytics in WaterSmart’s Water Efficiency Dashboard.
The California Water Foundation, which is a funding partner for the pilot program, plans to conduct an independent evaluation of the pilot study to inform water agencies throughout California of the potential impacts and benefits of this approach.
WaterSmart’s demand reduction strategies are field-proven. The Company recently announced the results of a pilot program in Sonoma County, California, in which households reduced their water consumption by 5% in just six months. In the pilot program, WaterSmart also generated a three-fold increase in conservation program participation.
About WaterSmart Software
WaterSmart Software helps improve water utilities’ conservation outreach to help their customers save water and money. WaterSmart’s core technology is a turnkey, cloud-based platform that integrates water utility metering and billing information. WaterSmart deploys sophisticated analytics and behavioral science tools to municipal water suppliers in cloud-based software. WaterSmart uses the power of social norms to improve customer engagement, elevate consumer interest in saving water and money, and increase participation in utility-sponsored efficiency programs. The Company won Imagine H2O’s water efficiency prize in 2010 and recently was named an Artemis Top 50 Water Company. WaterSmart’s solution is available to water suppliers throughout the U.S. and Canada and can be deployed in less than a month. For more information, visit www.watersmartsoftware.com.
About East Bay Municipal Utility District
EBMUD has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for more than 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s award-winning wastewater treatment plant protects San Francisco Bay while serving 650,000 customers. The District’s main offices are located in Oakland, California. For more information, visit www.ebmud.com.
About the California Water Foundation
The California Water Foundation’s (CWF) vision is to sustainably meet California’s 21st century economic and ecological water needs. CWF supports innovative projects and policies that address water challenges today, while bringing together experts, stakeholders, and the public to achieve long-term, science-based solutions for the future. CWF is an initiative of Resources Legacy Fund, with primary funding from S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Pisces Foundation, and additional support from David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Colleen and Robert D. Haas. For more information, visit http://californiawaterfoundation.org.
Peter Yolles, 415-789-6061
Source: WaterSmart Software