CASE STUDY: Water Education Program

Leilani Johansen - May 17, 2022

Industry: Education & Research

CHALLENGES

  • Water education and sustainability gaps within school curriculum
  • Lack of real-time, water measurement data to integrate into water education programs

RESULTS

  • Filling curriculum gaps around water education and sustainability, with the added benefit of tailored and “real world” water consumption data
  • Inadvertant leak and infrastructure impairment identification and consequential cost savings for the schools

A state government body desired to introduce a water education program across their network of schools, with a particular focus on water efficiency and sustainability. The goal of the educational program was to provide staff and students with an opportunity to learn about water efficiency through mathematics and science concepts such as measurement and data, in a tangible and realistic environment. The government body required a water usage monitoring device to integrate with their online portal that was easy to install with no disruptions to water supply, could provide real-time data, and was low-cost and scalable.

Captis Pulse Lite and Captis Metrum devices were selected as the flagship data loggers for the program. Over 2,000 Captis devices were installed in more than 1000 schools across the state, capturing daily water usage data that was then presented in an interactive online platform for teachers and students.

In addition to monitoring general water usage and the educational benefits that Captis assisted in providing to the program, Captis has also enabled schools to identify genuine concerns in their water network such as leaks, tripped valves, or assets no longer operating efficiently. As a result, many schools were also able to rectify impaired infrastructure that would otherwise have been left unnoticed.In one such example, a school identified a major leak from a broken pipe within two days of a Captis device being installed. School management was able to arrange rectification works soon after, saving 2626 kilolitres of water and over $6,000 on their quarterly bill.

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