WATERSAVE Australia has released a monitoring device that can prevent water damage to buildings from burst pipes.
The WaterGuard can monitor and detect abnormal flows of water resulting from breakage, misuse, vandalism, or neglect of water pipes and appliances like taps and toilets. It can then automatically turn off the water supply to prevent flooding, wastage and damage to property. It can also phone the building manager or maintenance crew to alert them to the emergency and maintain a log of water-wasting incidents and excessive consumption.
The computerised device can be easily controlled and reset at the touch of a button and configured to monitor water usage as required in different situations. Building owners can save thousands of dollars in repair costs and bills for wasted water. The device is particularly suitable for blocks of apartments, office blocks, hotels, hospitals, schools and other buildings with public washrooms and toilets.
It provides information on water consumption, allowing building managers to make changes and see the results of those changes. If there are leaks in the building, it will pick that up too. Once a standard water consumption figure is established for a building, WaterGuard lets the user know when it changes. The event logger will capture details of any one-off incidents that use a lot of water.