Some people might wonder: why would I want a smart water meter? Others might be wondering why a product like this isn’t already installed in every home and business. The truth is, your need for a smart water meter may depend on where you live, how you get your water, and how much it costs. If you’ve ever suffered the expense and trouble of a plumbing accident, want to be more eco-friendly, or are looking to have more control of your household utilities and expenses, Hydroid might be right for you. Hydroid Meter is a high-resolution water flow monitor with an integrated water valve. Installed in the main water line to your home or business, it allows you to monitor all your water use down to the tiniest drip and shows you flow data in real-time via the smartphone app.

The Big Disconnect

Think about it. How much water did you use yesterday? How about last week? The past three weeks? No one knows. People on city water get that info in their utility bill, days and weeks after the water’s been used, so there’s little direct connection to their water use. And, because the municipalities and utilities have traditionally done such a great job of reliably providing low-cost water, we’ve been trained to look at it after the fact. Unfortunately, this method is pretty outdated when you consider what we could be doing. We see Hydroid’s advanced technology as the future of water monitoring.

In many parts of the country, water prices are going up, and water supplies are getting scarce, too. People are looking for ways to save water and money.

High water bills on the rise
Since 2010, the price of a monthly water bill for a family of four has increased an average of 41% in 20 of the largest cities. (Source)

And what about the 14 million water wells and rapidly-growing rainwater harvest market who have almost no tools to monitor or manage their water use? Some rainwater harvesting systems use a tank level meter to gauge water use. My friend’s water tank level meter is a mechanical float apparatus. He has to walk out to his rain harvesting tanks to look at a ball hanging from a string on the side of one of the tanks. It’s not high tech or convenient, which is one of the reasons why he jumped at the chance to be a Beta tester for Hydroid.

Leaks

Image of a ceiling with water damage.
Water damage from a leak can cause mold and rot.

Hydroid also detects leaks. Leaks are a real problem! If you’ve ever had one that damaged your home, you know. But some leaks are small and go undetected for a long time. Those can cause mold, rot and high water bills! According to the EPA, 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. In other words… One trillion gallons nationwide per year. That’s a lot of water. I wonder where it all goes?

A friend of mine was telling me he and his wife walked into their kitchen after a trip and there was an inch of water on their floor! They had to rip up the flooring and spend a few days drying out the baseboards. It was a mess! Funny thing is, they had this leak for a while but had no idea because it was such a slow leak. The water had been seeping into their house via a crack in their concrete slab, and for the past month, each person blamed the other one for spilling water on the floor and not cleaning it up. Hehe… marriage, it’s so fun. If only they’d had Hydroid, they would have known.

It’s an interesting thing to me – it seems like anyone that has ever been burglarized, has installed a home security system afterwards. And similarly, anyone that has ever experienced a leak, lost personal items to water damage, paid thousands in repair or insurance deductibles, now wants a leak detector. And why not? The numbers on plumbing leaks are eye-opening. According to Home Advisor the average cost to repair a leak is $2,450 to $7,000. Plus, the headache that goes along with it.

Wrapping Up

Since I began using Hydroid, it’s already saved me money and headed off several potential disasters. When my wife and I were headed out of town last month, Hydroid app saved us from having the water run all weekend. We were waiting at the airport to fly to Denver when I got an email alert from my app. It’s set to alert me of continuous flow, ya know, in case I leave the water hose on the garden too long. By the looks of it, I could see it was a small leak, probably from the toilet refilling constantly. The leak wouldn’t have caused water damage, but it would have cycled through several hundred gallons in the course of a weekend! I was able to turn off water to the whole house with the app. It took less than 2 minutes and gave me peace of mind during our vacation.

App screens show how to set up alerts

At the time of publishing, Hydroid is in Beta use. The product is fully-developed and working in several applications around the US and Canada. We plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign in early 2018 to raise funds to manufacture the device. If you’re interested in learning more about Hydroid and would like to be one of the first to get a special early-bird discount, please join our mailing list! Just use the form at the bottom of the page to sign up.

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