Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jeff Horsburgh is challenging Utah State University students to develop a visualization of high resolution water use data that will provide feedback to both water providers and water consumers.
On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Horsburgh explained that cities go out once a month and get a reading from your household water meter. They use that for the purpose of getting an idea of how much water you have used and then they send you a bill in the mail.
“And it’s great for that purpose, but it doesn’t give them a lot of information about how you’re using the water, number one. So you get one number per month that tells you how much you’ve used. There’s no information there about how you’ve used that water,” he said.
“And number two, it doesn’t really give them a lot of information about when you use that water. So, other than a monthly basis, they know from month-to-month how much you’re using. (But) they don’t know what time of day you’re using the water or when the peak demands are.”
In the challenge, he is asking students to focus on creating visual information that would be useful in water planning and conservation discussions. The deadline for the challenge is March 1st. You can get more information at engineering.usu.edu
Audio: USU Assoc. Professor Jeff Horsburgh with FTP host Jason Williams