Water scarcity and procuring water:
- In today’s water scarce world, many of the large apartments and buildings (both residential and commercial) are dependent on water fueling tankers who fulfils the need for water by filling up the water storage of buildings every day and even more than once a day.
- This is very common in countries like India where every residential apartment, Software Tech parks procure water from the suppliers.
- To monitor the level of water that is actually filled by a water tanker, there are some meters installed on the main inlet of the water storage area that gives the measurements in litres.
- Manually, an authorized and reliable person has to check the meter and confirm every time the water is being procured and filled so as to ensure they don’t run out of water.
- The person should be reliable
- Some times mostly in the residential apartments, the securities deployed in the premise would be the person who would check the water fueling process and the meter. Many a times the water supplier and the security in charge are in some beneficial understanding or over the time, either of the party influence/provoke/invite the other party to gain benefit out of it by filling up less and are recorded more.
- Manual monitoring is anyways cumbersome
- Regular audit is necessary to ensure the water supplier is paid only for the quantity of water is being supplied
- Running shortage of water if not monitored continuously especially in large buildings.
- Improper planning due to non availability of real time water status.
- Payment vs quantity vs usage analysis is difficult without digital reports.
Automated monitoring using IoT:
- Using IoT sensors and devices, the level and the quality of water can be automatically monitored
- Constant and real time status can be sent to relevant stakeholders like owner/association president/incharge without manual intervention.
- Rules can be set up to restrict the payments and pay only for the quantity supplied
- Water fueling Schedule and the quantity agreed can be sent to the monitoring system which would take care the rest and inform once the schedule is complete with a report.
- The supplier can also be a part of this network who can visualize the reports and understand the problems if any from the supplier end (which is mostly the driver related issues)
- Manual intervention can be drastically eliminated thereby increasing the accuracy and reliability.
- Quality and quantity tracking helps to avoid over-payments to the supplier as the digital reports comes handy.
- Water usage and leaks can also be monitored by utilizing IoT devices that can be installed in the building.
- Better rapport , safe and reliable transactions is possible between supplier and the customer.
- Planning for water is now easier as the quantity of water at any point in time is well known.
- Automatic alerts/procurement order would be triggered to procure water when the water level is down.
- Schedules and quality can be monitored and ensured that water is filled on the agreed schedules and quality (Most of the time these go unmonitored in manual process).
- Spend analysis and the quantity can be analyzed over time to take financial decisions or budget planning.
- Water supplier can be levied penalty or rewarded based on the level of service offered (that are monitored through IoT) which gives better competitive advantage.
- Better quality of water can be ensured resulting in healthier life.
Save Water – Save Lives !!