WRF selects Flume to lead comprehensive residential water use study

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has selected water monitoring solutions company Flume to conduct the Residential End Uses of Water Study, Version 3. According to Flume, this prestigious research project will be the largest and most significant residential end-use study ever conducted in North America with more than 50 utility partners involved.

“We are honored to have been selected by the Water Research Foundation to conduct the Residential End Uses of Water Study, Version 3,” said Eric Adler, CEO of Flume. “Flume is uniquely positioned to perform this study based on our extensive water data collection, which gives us unprecedented insight into the water use patterns of North American households. This study is critical for ensuring long-term sustainability and community resilience, and we are proud to contribute to this vital effort.”

The study will be a comprehensive update to WRF’s influential 1999 and 2016 Residential End Uses of Water studies and will include water use data for more than 100,000 households across the United States and Canada. The Residential End Uses of Water Study, Version 3 will:

  • Explore where and how people use water in single-family and multi-family households including toilets, showers, faucets, clothes washers, irrigation and more.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of water use and how use patterns have changed over the past 25 years.
  • Compare indoor and outdoor residential water use across housing types and geographies.
The Residential End Uses of Water Study, Version 3 will leverage data from over 100,000 Flume water sensors (shown as black dots) that are already deployed across the nation in the seven different colored regions. Credit: Flume.

Understanding residential water demands and usage trends is crucial for managing and supplying water. This data is essential for water users, utilities, planners, regulators, businesses, agriculture, manufacturers, and governments. Residential end-use data is fundamental for future planning, program and product development, and the long-term sustainability and resilience of North American communities.

Flume strategic partner, Peter Mayer, P.E. of WaterDM, is the Principal Investigator of the Residential End Uses of Water Study, Version 3 and he was the Co-Principal Investigator for Version 1 and 2.

“Reliable data on where and how people use water is fundamental to planning for a safe, secure future, and this study will provide the most comprehensive view of American household water use to date,” Mayer said. “In the previous WRF residential end-use studies, we analyzed water use for hundreds of homes over a period of weeks. In Version 3 with Flume, we have access to years of high-resolution water use data from over one hundred thousand households where Flume sensors are already deployed – a remarkable advancement.”

It is anticipated that project results will be available in 2025. Stay up to date on project progress by visiting the project page of the WRF website or by contacting Flume at partnerships@flumewater.com.

Source: Flume

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