Water is a crucial resource, and smart homes can help manage it. By using AI, smart homes can achieve improved water efficiency, smarter meters, better plumbing systems, more accessible water, and more accurate pinpointing of customer needs.
SwissCognitive Guest Blogger: Zachary Amos – “How AI Improves Smart Home Water Management”
As technology evolves, people are making lives better through artificial intelligence (AI). AI makes processes more efficient and safer, whether in a factory, on the road, or in someone’s house. Smart homes have become more prevalent because of the technology people can use to monitor what’s happening in their homes.
Often, these devices will flag issues much quicker than a human can detect. One of the most significant benefits of AI is how it can manage water. These five ways show how AI can improve a household’s water management.
Water systems worldwide have begun to use AI to make processes more efficient. When people make water systems smart, they use the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor several processes in these systems designed to collect, treat, recycle, and distribute water. Smart water systems can track the water’s pressure and temperature and shorten the maintenance time when a machine breaks or leaks begin.
When water systems become more efficient, they also become more environmentally conscious. Smart water systems increase the performance of their units,making them more energy-efficient and using less power to run. Using less energy means a reduced carbon and water footprint and a more cost-efficient model for water treatment companies.
Water waste can have adverse effects on the environment. In the United States, the average family wastes about 180 gallons of water per week, or about 9,400 gallons annually. The annual amount of wasted water could wash over 300 laundry loads. Most of the wasted water comes from leaks.
Utility companies can mitigate waste by using smart meters in these homes. A homeowner can track these meters on their phone remotely and see how much water their household uses. These systems are intelligent enough to give detailed reports on consumption and how they can reduce water usage. Conserving water is better for the environment and can help lower customer utility bills.
Better Plumbing Systems
When someone thinks of AI in the house, they might not think of plumbing at first. However, innovative technologyhas made plumbing more efficient for houses. For example, someone may attach a water-monitoring system to the water meter.
This system will track the water’s temperature, flow rate, pressure, and more. It can turn off the water system and alert the user if it recognizes critical issues, such as leaks. A homeowner can attach a smart water assistant underneath the kitchen sink, and it will watch for leaks.
Some areas face water shortages and legal limits per household. These assistants can track water usage and serve the data to the homeowner.
More Accessible Water
One of the most significant benefits of smart water management systems is how it makes water more accessible worldwide. Many countries have locations where people are unable to get clean water regularly. Some places have begun to rely on smart technology to access water in remote areas.
An organization called CityTaps uses a prepaid system to make water available from a cell phone. When a customer pays, the system will distribute water until the account’s funds run out. The water meter can send the customer data on water usage almost immediately. The AI also makes the system more efficient by tracking leaks and theft.
Pinpointing Consumer Needs
In the kitchen, water has many uses. People use it for cooking, baking, cleaning, boiling, and more. Consumers can use AI to take more control of the water in their house with the temperature, the amount of water, and more.
For example, some smart water systems let users control the water from their smartphones. From the app, the users can tell their system how much water they need and what temperature it needs to be. For some people, this has eliminated the need to use a faucet, which can be the source of leaks.
Another significant benefit of smart water systems is a customized bathroom experience. With AI, users can heat their shower to their preferred temperature and pause the water’s flow until they step into the shower. Adjusting a shower knob to get the right temperature can be a pain, so using smart technology can boost the user experience and save water.
Smart Houses Are Here to Stay
AI has done a lot for humans since the days of John McCarthy, Alan Turing, and others. It’s helped make processes more efficient and life easier for humans.
One way people have used innovative technology is with water systems. Developers have made intelligent water systems to reduce waste, pinpoint issues faster, and make water accessible worldwide. People waste a lot of water daily, so these systems are essential for recycling Earth’s most important resource.
About the Author:
Zachary Amos is the Features Editor at ReHack where he writes about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and other tech topics.