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Water Conservation Ways: Fix Water metering Inaccuracies

Water Conservation Ways: Fix Water metering Inaccuracies

Do you know how much you are paying (or overpaying) on monthly water bills each month? Did you know that water meter inaccuracies cause you each to pay for air each month?

Of course, like a landlord or homeowner, if you get an unusually high bill, you'll immediately investigate: Has there been a mistake? Did someone accidentally leave the water running? Do I really have to pay for this?!

But what if your water meters and submeters are charging you each month for the air that passes through the pipe? What??? Can you imagine - you could be paying less for the same amount of water you are actually using!

Here, The Water Scrooge will tell you all about water submetering inaccuracies and what you can do about them.

  1. Why is there inaccuracy?
  2. How do you eliminate inaccuracies?
  3. Improve water meter accuracy.

Water Submetering Systems vs. Cost-Effective Alternatives

Why is there inaccuracy in your water meter and submeter?

The cities we live in provide pressurized water to our municipal water systems, which are pressurized systems. Although city pumps provide the system pressure, we cause a pressure drop where we need the water delivered. This happens by opening a valve or a faucet when you flush the toilet and every time you are using water.  Because air is entrained in pressurized water systems, the volume of air expands whenever and wherever the system pressure drops.

Over 99% of water meters are measured by volume. It doesn't matter if the volume is all water, all air, or a mix of both. The water meter doesn't differentiate between air or liquid and will measure whatever goes through it, and the water company bills you accordingly; even when it includes air.

How do you eliminate water meter and submeter inaccuracies?

Water meters which measures by volume, use the method known as Positive Displacement. This is the most common method used to measure water consumption, which measures the total volume read, including both water and air.

So you may be thinking:
  🤔   if you can't control how much air you being billed for each month,
  🤔   is there any way at all to eliminate water meter and submeter inaccuracies?!

Every time we take a shower, flush a toilet or let the sink run it causes the pressure to drop, therefore increasing the volume of air. By using water conservation technology such as a water flow management device, you can compress the air before it reaches the water meter. As a result, your water meter measures only the water volume and no excess air. This leaves you to using the same amount of water, with your meter spinning less. Who would have thought it could be that simple?

Help me improve my water meter accuracy!

With the water meter no longer measuring the volume of air, you can now count your savings, paying less for the same water usage!

I know what you're thinking:
  ✔️   I'm all ears!
  ✔️   Sign me up!

"Tell me Water Scrooge™, where do I find a water flow management device?"


SMART VALVE™ is a patented, precision-engineered water flow management device for your property. The SMART VALVE™ is designed by engineers to be installed in an existing pipe joint on the user side of the water meter and can be easily installed by any licensed plumber.

The creation of the SMART VALVE™ water flow management device resolves the inefficiencies of water delivery and consumption. The patented flow control process eliminates water meter inaccuracy and excessive water consumption, and it will save you water and money!

"Water Scrooge, how much will I save on my water bill?"

Most of our customers report savings between 15 and 25%, with a few seeing much higher savings!

In addition, the SMART VALVE™ is maintenance free, comes with a 10 year manufacturers warranty and a 90 day, no questions asked, satisfaction guarantee (we value customer relationships the most!). Try the SMART VALVE™ and see the savings for yourself!

See here for 10 Questions You Have About Smart Valve™ - Answered.

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About The Water Scrooge™

The Water Scrooge™ offers water conservation ways and products to multifamily landlords and homeowners, including: shower flow controllers, Leak Detection Systems, Toilet Leak Prevention Devices (The Toilet Scrooge™), water flow management devices (SMART Valve™), toilet calibration and DIY products.

Also featuring The Water Scrooge™ App. Our app empowers your team to carry out the installation of our kits. With it, you can also record and track data points about the units (other than water usage).