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Bware Water Usage Monitoring Meter

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on February 19th, 2009

Bware Water Meter

The self-powered Bware Water Usage Monitoring Meter designed by Ariel Drach gives you a real-time display of how much water you are using on the integrated LED display. The Bware units use the flow of water to generate enough electricity for the display.

Bware Water Meter Info

Bware Water Meter

The Bware units are made from recycled ABS, and will log the flow of water on an internal data logger. There are plans to incorporated some wireless networking ability so that the data can be logged on a centralised computer. I think that using WiFi is a bit ambitious given it’s power requirements, but something like ZigBee would be more realistic.

The concept of a pervasive water monitoring device sounds great, but I’m sure the novelty will wear off pretty fast in the home. So having a meter near the main water supply is probably a better idea.

Source: Greener Gadgets

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  1. pays to live green on March 4th, 2009 at 2:17pm

    That is a really cool water meter. Not only is it made from recycled materials and runs off of water flow for energy, but it allows you to cut back your water usage as well as your water heater usage.

  2. Bob Powrie on March 7th, 2009 at 4:42am

    Hi Ariel, I’m an energy efficiency consultant, I like Bware. The biggest market for you is to make Bware constantly monitor the water meter in most homes and businesses & if it records for, say 24hours non stop it means you have a leak in your system. If it can have a wireless option that alerts owner he can save thousands of dollars. Councils in Australia that sell the water will charge you for excess use that homeowner was totally unaware of. I know, over 2 years I got 2 massive invoices for this problem in Australia. If you can make it do this I want selling rights in Australia if possible. Thousands of homeowners have this problem every year there.

  3. Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on March 8th, 2009 at 10:40pm

    I think that the current solution is not perfectly practical, but I agree, the concept should save lots of money for consumers.

  4. Kate on July 6th, 2009 at 1:00pm

    Where can I buy these?

  5. Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 6th, 2009 at 2:36pm

    Hi Kate. The concept was a design, no supplier details are available yet as I don’t think its available to buy yet.