A smart water manager for homes with rainwater tanks.
Millions of people in the South Pacific rely on rain water for some or all of their fresh water needs. With the effects of climate change, many are finding it more difficult to maintain safe water levels in their tanks. For some, this means short showers, infrequent laundry, and spending hundreds of dollars to refill their tanks. For others, it means drinking bottled water and using public toilets.
The colored map of New Zealand shows the projected decrease in annual rainfall over the next 90 years. Areas in the North and East of New Zealand may see as much as a 10% decline in rainfall. Parts of Australia have seen similar declines just in the last decade.
Water scarcity brought about by changing rainfall patterns affects more than just households directly on rainwater collection and tanks. City water reticulation systems often rely on catchments fed by rainfall, and when these systems are stressed, everyone is affected.
When households on rainwater run out, their only option is to pay for a water truck to refill tanks. During the 2013 drought, some New Zealand families spent more than $1000 on water while others went weeks without water. Areas most affected by water scarcity are Northland, Waiheke Island, and Hawkes Bay. An estimated 170,000 households are affected by low rainfall.
Across Australasia families will need to better manage and plan their water use so they can live comfortably in tomorrow's climate. WaterGenie is here to help. WaterGenie will empower these families with information that will help them save water and money.
WaterGenie is a smart water manager. It includes a wireless meter that installs into a water tank and records water collected and water used. That information helps WaterGenie forecast and predict water levels, and WaterGenie communicates ways in which households can change their behaviors so they can save water and money.
Our mission is to develop technologies that will allow households to more efficiently collect, harvest, use, and conserve water. We're currently resident at the LightningLab Business Accelerator where we're working hard to deliver a product that will have a positive benefit to the society and the environment.