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How can I monitor my water meter?

This is one of the most common questions many people ask after the first leak at home or in  business- “How can I monitor my water consumption” which eventually becomes How can I monitor my water meter?” In order to answer, we have to know how does the water meters work.

There are many kinds of water meters: volumetric, Waltman, single jet, multi-jet, ultrasonic and may even many others.

What makes them common is that most of them have the ability to generate pulses.

Meters with pulse output

Water meter with pulse output

Here is an example of a water meter with pulse output.

As you see there is a cable coming out of the meter.

Actually, this is the pulse output.

Pulse output

It is attachable to the meter, so you may have the meter but not have the output.

If this is the case please don’t hesitate to as us on our contact form.

We will be happy to consult you and find a suitable pulse output for your water meter.

So once you know how does the meter can signal its consumption comes the second part of the puzzle.

Data loggers able to count pulses

You need a pulse counter able to count the pulses generated by the meter.

ThingsLog flow monitoring data loggers are a suitable choice.

They have an async counter able to count the generated pulses. The value of the counter will be stored in memory on a configurable interval of time and will be transmitted over GPRS, LoRa or NB-IoT on a configurable interval of time to the ThingsLog platform.

Smart water consumption profiling

The result will be a graph called the water consumption profile.

From your profile, you can verify your daily consumption and reason for leaks and other abnormal events.

Summary

So finally if you wonder how can you monitor your water consumption – you need a meter with pulse output and a data logger able to count the pulses.

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