A smart water manager for homes with rainwater tanks.
About 1 million kiwis are not connected to public water supplies, and most of them collect rain water for their homes. With the effects of climate change, kiwis are finding it more difficult to maintain safe water levels in their tanks. For some, this means spending hundreds of dollars to refill their tanks. For others, it means not having any water at all.
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.
All kiwis are affected by water scarcity as rain water feeds reticulation supplies throughout NZ. Rural communities are the ones most affected by water scarcity because they rely on rain water for drinking and domestic use.
When these kiwis run out of water, their only option is to pay for a water truck to refill tanks. During the 2013 drought, some 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.
Kiwis 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 kiwis 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.
WaterGenie is part of a Social Enterprise! This means we are focused on solutions that have a positive benefit to society and the environment. It also means all revenue is invested back into the company so we can continue to innovate and provide the technology required 10, 30, and even 100 years down the road.
Our mission is to develop technologies that will allow households to more efficiently collect, harvest, use, and conserve water. We're currently working with the MacDiarmid Institute and Callaghan Innovation to develop advanced materials that will allow homes to collect rain water more efficiently and allow homes to collect dew during times of drought.
Our social enterprise is focused on local opportunities that will have a global impact.