WaterAide

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Comprehensive residential, commercial and industrial water audit software package. WaterAide can evaluate a broad range of water saving opportunities. Savings can include domestic hot water energy savings, in addition to water bill savings, if desired. For a residential customer, these include:

  • Low-flow showerheads and aerators
  • Repairing leaks
  • Irrigation water savings, including xeriscaping, soil moisture sensors and other tactics
  • New fixtures and appliances such as low-flush toilets and front-loading clothes washers
  • Car washing, pool, and other water saving recommendations
  • Low-cost and no-cost water-saving practices and behavioral changes
  • The commercial and industrial version of WaterAide includes all of the capabilities of the residential version, and features specific to common commercial systems, including analysis of water-saving opportunities for:

  • Institutional kitchens
  • Commercial laundries
  • Car washes
  • Cooling towers and water cooled AC systems
  • Recommendations for some other water conservation practices for the film processing, textile and medical industries
  • WaterAide is designed to serve all types of water users. It produces a written report that explains water (and sewerage) savings opportunities in plain language, for the non-professional to easily understand, with graphics. The report and the software can be customized to meet the needs of conservation programs, utility sponsors and users. Each water audit modeled is automatically saved in a file for later retrieval, review, and modification. An extract of information relevant to each measure recommended is also automatically saved in comma-delimited format, for transfer to a database. Screen Shots

    Keywords

    water audits, water analysis, water end-sue allocation, retrofits, domestic hot water

    Validation/Testing

    Massachusetts-certified energy auditors have performed testing and validation during development, and in the field.

    Expertise Required

    A basic knowledge of water conservation is recommended. The interface makes data input relatively simple and obvious. Phone and email support are provided with the software.

    Users

    Currently used by the developers in the New England marketplace.

    Audience

    Water conservation service providers, municipal water departments, regional water companies, government agencies, energy service companies, water audit programs, educational organizations, property managers

    Input

    Interactive inputs are made in a user-friendly Windows GUI. This includes water use and cost data, information related to systems and equipment, domestic hot water system data, and customer information including operation schedules and demographics.

    System files supply default information on cost and savings assumptions, climatic data, canned comments and customized text for the report. Input files also include graphic icons as needed, and audit numbering and tracking protocol. User-overrides can be performed on all water savings and costs for recommendations, and water uses for each piece of equipment.

    Output

    Water savings and costs for each recommendation, and water uses for each piece of equipment, can be interactively viewed and modified on-screen. This can be done in the presence of the customer, during the site visit at the customer's facility. The report can also be interactively viewed on-screen during the operation of the software. Each water savings recommendation has a text description that appears in some reports generated, which may also be edited by the user.

    Computer Platform

    Windows 95 or later with 22 MB free hard drive space.

    Programming Language

    Java

    Strengths

    Fast and easy to use; handles all major end-uses; user-friendly; explains a customer's water bill by breaking it up by end-use, includes domestic hot water energy savings; comprehensive set of water savings options measures analyzed.

    Weaknesses

    Will not model some unusual, complex or proprietary water processes.

    Contact

    Company:

    Energy New England

    Address:

    Suite 110
    100 Foxborough Boulevard
    Foxborough, Massachusetts 02035
    United States

    Telephone:

    +1 (508) 698-1226

    E-mail:

    solutions@energynewengland.com

    Website:

    http://www.energynewengland.com

    Availability

    Contact Energy New England for pricing.