How Can Flow Sensors Assist with Water Conservation?

South Africa is currently experiencing great difficulties with water and water infrastructure. The 2014 water crisis in Gauteng saw many homeowners living for extended periods of time without running water and having to visit designated water spots in order to get enough water to complete their daily hygiene routines.


Water is a precious resource and one that is running out fast. With struggling infrastructure and ominous fresh water predictions for the future it is now more important than ever to conserve water.

But how does one start down the path of water conservation? How do we even begin to save water? What processes do we need to put in place?

It is becoming apparent that the only way to save water is to determine how much water we are using and deciding whether this number can be brought down. Once we are aware of how much water we are using we can adjust our habits accordingly.

How do you determine how much water you are using at your business or facility? Flow sensors and flow meters can come in handy if you are trying to figure out how much water you are using. There are stacks of different flow sensors on the market which can assist you in arriving at a figure. All of these flow sensors will provide you with accurate measurements and enable you to find out how much water you are using on average.

For this type of application the most popular flow sensors would be ultrasonic flow sensors, magnetic flow sensors and vortex flow sensors. These sensors have been constantly developed by the manufacturers to ensure that they are accurate. These sensors then come in two different styles, namely, the clamp on sensor (a non-intrusive approach) or the wetted sensor which fits into the tap.

If you take water conservation seriously then you want to be sure that you get the most accurate results in the shortest amount of time. In order to get the relevant read-out which you are looking for you need to be sure that you have the right tools for the job. In this instance it would be best to have a portable flow sensor (like a clamp on) which is highly reliable, with a low power consumption and an easy to read display.

If you are unsure about which flow sensor would best suit your specific application then it is always a good idea to consult the professionals.

We may think that our little bit doesn’t make a difference, but it does; it all adds up. Instead of denouncing the human race and buying into the “what difference is it going to make” mentality, rather try and make a change and do you bit for water conservation today.

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