The cost of water has skyrocketed in many areas in the U.S. over the last few years. Additionally, increased pressure to reduce water consumption has come down on many from both private and government agencies. For many community, homeowner and condominium associations, water (and sewer since most are based on water usage) costs can be a major expense.
According to Mike Stallings, a distributor for a water valve called “SmartValve”, water meters from many water companies not only read water, but also air. The amount of air in a water system can vary. The way most water meters work is, as water and air enter the meter, they spin a fan, which measures the flow. But they do not recognize the difference between the two, and when you get a pressure drop at the meter (due to demand for water), it allows that air present in the line to expand and register even more frequently.
This valve maintains close to ‘city pressure’ upstream through the meter to the city main. By not letting pressure drop as much at the meter as before, it is not letting air volume expand, so the meter is measuring the actual volume of water more accurately. It also creates a smoother, more laminar flow that eliminates overspinning due to surges and sudden pressure changes. This results in a lower water meter reading and cost savings.
This valve can also help regulate the pounds per square inch (PSI) of water coming into the association. This reduces pressure surges (which are rare but do occur). Fluctuations in pressure can create inflated water meter readings and also cause damage to pipes. Lowering water pressure has the added benefit of reducing water consumption, having a positive impact on both the environment and water bills. Lastly, this valve may also provide extra protection against back flow. Back flow is when water from an entity makes its way, in reverse, back into the water system, potentially contaminating the water supply.
You can find my 11-minute interview with Stallings here (https://youtu.be/-wRy0KA-ctU). He explains the science, installation process, how to easily adjust the water pressure, water savings and the cost involved in more detail.
Mike Stallings • Capital Distribution, LLC
Disclaimer: This post, answers and advice do not constitute legal or other professional advice. Consult your legal, accounting and other professionals to assess any situation before taking action.