Investigation into a smartphone application for household water data management as a tool to improve conservation efforts

Warren, Bradley Vaughan (2021-03)

Thesis (MEng)--Stellenbosch University, 2021.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Water demand management strategies are receiving increasing focus in literature for advancing water conservation. Various smart metering products are available on the market to help household users monitor consumption,howeverthey are not widely implemented.By providing water users with access to smart meter data via asmartphone application, users would beempoweredto monitortheir household water usageand take steps to reduce consumption. Such an application has the potential tobenefitwater utilities by reducing overall demand on their resources andwouldprovidea useful platform for communicating directly with users when implementing water restrictions. For this study, a literaturereviewregarding water demand management and smart metering was undertaken, and an Android applicationwith IOT capabilitieswas developed as a proof-of-concept.The application was able to receive data from a compatible water meter andvibrationdevice via a web-based serverand provide the user with important information regarding their water usage.Recommendations were given for further research and developments required in the field.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geen opsomming beskikbaar

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