“This project redefines public water consumption, putting people and clean water first.”Jim Gillespie, GrayMatter CEO
June 19, 2017
GrayMatter and DC Water have created a drinking fountain that monitors water quality and flow in real time – giving users more confidence in the water they are drinking and saving money spent on maintenance and testing. The groundbreaking co-innovation project addresses lead levels — one of the most pressing issues in water.
“This project redefines public water consumption, putting people and clean water first.”
Jim Gillespie, GrayMatter CEO
“DC Water is committed to providing safe and affordable drinking water to our customers. We initiated this project to help develop a drinking water fountain that can deliver real-time information about water quality for our customers, with special emphasis on lead, and for a fountain that can be used initially in schools, hospitals, day-cares and other similar institutions.”
George Hawkins, DC Water CEO and General Manager
The new tech-fountains have sensors that use real-time data and analytics to monitor both water quality and flow levels, sending that information to the cloud and back, alerting when water quality measurements begin to deteriorate. Alerts are sent by text or email to a water manager. The flow and water quality sensors give a more accurate indication when the lead filter should be changed compared to traditional filters that use flow only (such as refrigerator filters). A “change filter” message alerts maintenance, so they no longer have to guess or estimate when the lead filters should be changed. The fountain is also programmed to shut off at set water quality and/or flow levels until corrections are…