ISF is leading the development of data platforms for various tiers of government to enable council staff, industry, academia, civil society organisations and government agencies to collaboratively collect, access and analyse diverse datasets, including energy, water, waste, transport and greenhouse gas emissions.
Providing wider access to this information is key to understanding the demand and supply opportunities to achieve fully integrated water systems.
Smart customer meter data is of benefit to both utilities and their customers. It can be used to provide households with more detailed information about their water use, such as suspected leaks and an ‘end use’ breakdown (for example showers or toilets) of consumption, through a range of feedback methods, including online websites, smart phone access, a home water-use report or ‘smart bills’.
ISF investigated the effectiveness of reducing household consumption through different forms and frequencies of consumption feedback to households, in an Australian Research Council funded project with MidCoast Water and Griffith University.
The research builds upon past and current work by ISF into the use of smart metering in the water and energy sectors. Most recently, ISF developed a new and innovative methodology to characterise and identify leak events based on available smart metering data.
ISF has developed a specialised pair matching analysis as well as a regression technique that could be used by the broader water industry to establish savings of water efficiency programs.
ISF have used these methods for the statistical evaluation of the water savings arising from the showerhead exchange demand management program run by the three Melbourne water retailers, efficiency water programs in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, South East Queensland and the Hunter Valley, and the water efficiency labelling scheme across