New access to data could help Shoreview conserve more water

In an age of increasing data collection about all sorts of things, Shoreview residents probably won’t be surprised to learn they will soon have the ability to easily access individualized water consumption reports, receive timely utility communications and water-saving recommendations specific to their household. 

The city announced that it has partnered with technology company WaterSmart Software so that residents can use the company’s user-friendly online and mobile “Customer Portal.” 

The partnership will not only help residents lead more sustainable lives if they wish to, but officials said it will lend data insights to the Public Works Department, which will in turn assist the city in managing its water supply more efficiently.

“The City has a proud history of environmental stewardship that allows current and future residents to enjoy the benefits of our natural resources,” the city said in a statement. “Shoreview has been a leader in water conservation efforts and continues to build on those efforts by offering residents this unique opportunity.”

According to city officials, there have been studies that show the WaterSmart program is an analytics platform proven to alter people’s behavior through household water use comparisons, leak alerts, data analytics and targeted communications.

“Shoreview prides itself on finding new ways to help our customers be more sustainable,” said Mark Maloney, public works director for Shoreview. “Innovative technologies like WaterSmart allow us to better communicate to our customers in a personalized way that informs people’s water use decisions. We’re excited to work with WaterSmart because they can help our residents better understand their water consumption and take action.”

Maloney said the city looked into several other avenues to provide similar resources to residents, including building their own platform, but after a thorough review of the options, WaterSmart was the way to go, he said, “to help Shoreview save water and money.”

Two months after receiving unanimous approval from the Shoreview City Council in late April, Shoreview launched the WaterSmart program to approximately 400 pre-registered participants, called “Know Your Flow.” 

The program was made available by a grant awarded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Shoreview will implement the program citywide later this summer.  

 

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