A Device Called Flume Takes The Mystery Out Of Water Usage

Inspired by California's drought, a group of Cal Poly grad students invented a device that measures your water use in real-time without the need for calling a plumber or cutting

A Device Called Flume Takes The Mystery Out Of Water Usage

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All you do is put it on the side of your meter, and it feeds you real-time information on how much water you’re using, or losing to leaks, in your home. "We believe that household water monitoring is the last piece of the smart home puzzle," Adler says. "It’s been a long time coming—finally, you don’t have to wait for your water bill to find out how much water you’re using or if you have an undetected leak.

The Flume Smart Water System was created by Adler and other California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) graduate students James Fazio and Jeff Hufford, who were inspired by California’s 2014 record-breaking drought. But it wasn’t easy.

The Flume Smart Water System was created by Adler and other California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) graduate students James Fazio and Jeff Hufford, who were inspired by California’s 2014 record-breaking drought. But it wasn’t easy.

He’s a co-founder and CEO of Flume, a smart water system "made with love in San Luis Obispo, CA. " The system has partnerships with town’s utility and eight others.

Since the average American uses about 88 gallons of water per person, per day (! ) in the United States, this is a device that might come in handy for people looking to save hundreds of dollars per year, conserve water and gain some piece of mind. Flume sells for $199.

Since the average American uses about 88 gallons of water per person, per day (! ) in the United States, this is a device that might come in handy for people looking to save hundreds of dollars per year, conserve water and gain some piece of mind. Flume sells for $199.

The Flume system includes a water sensor, bridge, bridge power cord, meter lid opener and gloves.

The Flume system includes a water sensor, bridge, bridge power cord, meter lid opener and gloves.

Tons of research and development, ingenuity and engineering played a part. "There were several technological feats required to get here,"Adler says, "including figuring out how to send an RF (radio frequency) signal from the sensor, through a metal or concrete meter lid, and into the home for bridging to the Wi-Fi and ultimately the app.

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