When looking at the conservation of resources often times the first step is tracking usage. With electricity we have seen the use of Smart meters to track consumer usage of electricity, using a similar concept the City of Chicago offers the Meter Save program to track water usage. The program, offered to homeowners whose home is not yet metered, aims to gauge water consumption more accurately to provide a bill that reflects the usage of the customer while also providing information on usage habits. Much like the Smart Meter for our electrical consumption the Meter Save program looks to modernize the way we look at water distribution and consumption. The meter will allow for water usage data stored for up to two years, a more accurate bill, and the meter transmits your usage remotely so there is no need for meter readers.
Water is definitely a large part of what makes Chicago a great city and it is nice to see that the city is taking action in conserving a resource that often times is seen as endless in our city. Being located next to Lake Michigan and having a river run through the heart of the city it’s easy to forget that some places in the United States have water shortages. Unlike these regions that have had extreme stress on their water reserves and have had to put stringent regulations on water usage, Chicago is taking steps toward creating a consumer base that is aware of its usage. Through incentives the city can possibly educate and aim Chicago in the direction of sustainability.