California is going though a drought, and water conservation is high on the State agenda. A new law mandates that residents can irrigate their lawn only up to twice a week, which is expected to make a great impact because outdoor irrigation accounts for 44% of water use in California. However, there was no way of knowing whether residents were following mandates.

Fountain Valley leveraged a Smart Water Network to identify residents who were high-volume users and encouraged them to cut back on their water usage. Furthermore, the smart water network has helped identify prime times of when irrigating would be most effective, and helps to identify leaks. The team receives a dozen or so leak alerts a week which would likely go unnoticed without the technology.

The results speak for themselves - since employing a Smart Water Network, Fountain Valley has cut water usage by 23%.

Value for Dubai

UAE groundwater resources account for 51% of the country's water needs, mostly for irrigation, and are at threat to be depleted by 2030.

In alignment with the 'Green Economy for Sustainable Development' initiative, Dubai could kickstart water conservation efforts by launching a Water Reduction Goal like California and making Smart Water Networks mandatory in residential areas that have gardens and for farms.

With the technology in place, a team could identify how much water is used, identify high volume users and help users be more efficient. Moreover, crop production could be optimized by identifying how much water is reaching the root of the plant. Leaks could be identified and repaired that would otherwise go unnoticed, leading to a lot of conservation over time, and a sustainable future.