• Smart water management decreases environmental footprint while protecting landscape investments and cutting costs
PETALUMA, CA, Aug. 11, 2009 -- HydroPoint Data Systems Inc., provider of the WeatherTRAK® Smart Water Management solution, reveals that its subscribers reduce peak water and energy demand by eliminating outdoor water waste. During the summer months, water and energy consumption typically skyrocket as commercial and residential users react to higher temperatures by applying more water to landscapes and powering up cooling systems.
Water and energy are intrinsically related; energy is needed to transport and deliver water, while generating power requires massive quantities of water. The U.S. EPA links water and energy savings, equating 1 gallon of water to approximately 4 watt hours of power. Nearly 20 percent of California's electricity consumption is attributable to water-related energy use, according to the California Energy Commission. In the interest of national security, the Department of Energy launched the Water-Energy Nexus program to encourage the development and use of clean technologies that reduce water-related energy demand.
Thirty-six of the 50 U.S. states face water shortages within four years. Since more than 60 percent of urban water is used for landscape irrigation and 30-to-300 percent of that water is wasted due to inefficient irrigation technology, WeatherTRAK smart irrigation controllers present a highly effective means of preventing both water and energy waste.
HydroPoint estimates that if one in every four U.S. businesses followed the example of Google, Kohl's, Wal-Mart and other leading companies by implementing the WeatherTRAK® Smart Water Management solution, the nation's annual natural resource savings would equal 56 trillion gallons of water, 225 million kilowatt hours of power and 302 million pounds of avoided CO2 emissions.
"Water is one of the earth's most precious resources, essential for our bodies and our crops and embedded in nearly every manufacturing and energy production process. Thankfully, more and more corporate and civic leaders appreciate its true value," said Sharon Thompson, vice president of marketing for HydroPoint. "These leaders recognize that Smart Water Management delivers a green multiplier effect -- saving water and energy and reducing carbon emissions all while dramatically decreasing water and operating costs."
To calculate the potential cost, water and energy savings that HydroPoint's WeatherTRAK solution returns for any given landscape, visit the company's savings calculator at: http://hydropoint.com/savingscalc/index.php.
About HydroPoint Data Systems Inc.
HydroPoint, founded in 2002, is the market and technology leader in Smart Water Management. The company's WeatherTRAK solution uniquely delivers a multitude of financial and environmental benefits by revolutionizing management of the area of greatest waste in urban water use: landscape irrigation. Proven in 23 independent studies, including the vanguard runoff reduction study led by the EPA, the WeatherTRAK solution saves water, reduces energy demand and protects water quality while it minimizes liability and expense exposure. In 2009 alone, WeatherTRAK subscribers will save 11 billion gallons of water, 45 million kilowatt hours and 60 million pounds of CO2. With water rates ranging from $2 to $6 per 1,000 gallons and additional related expenses due to overwatering damages ranging from $500 to $10,000 per site, WeatherTRAK has been identified as the green initiative with the fastest payback by leading companies across the country. Headquartered in Petaluma, Calif., HydroPoint is privately owned and operated. For more information, visit http://www.hydropoint.com.