In partnership with the City of Georgetown, Itineris developed and implemented a solution, as a Proof of Concept Project, designed to thoroughly automate the aforementioned process. During the pilot, Itineris analyzed a subset of residential smart meters based on wrong-day irrigation parameters and determined that nearly 40 percent of citizens in the pilot were not following the restricted watering schedule. These households consumed about 200 million gallons of water on the wrong day, the equivalent of nearly 600 Olympic-size swimming pools!
Most violators were not aware that their automatic irrigation system’s program schedule violated water restrictions and accepted the offer of help to correct schedule settings. Other violators either ignored the communications or deliberately violated irrigation restrictions and paid the penalties. Ultimately, the introduction of automated, targeted communications significantly lowered consumption rates.