The rupture of a 90-year-old city water line caused 20 million gallons of water to go to waste and will result in millions of dollars in damage in drought-stricken Los Angeles.
Commercial building owners, schools, universities, and apartment complex owners have experienced similar situations, although not to that scale. Flooding of any kind—whether due to burst pipes, clogged toilets, or water that is simply left running—is potentially disastrous.
Owners and facility managers can save water and money while also encouraging eco-friendly practices with the help of Master-Trol®.
The Master-Trol intelligent water management system was developed in 1992 to provide jails, prisons, and secure mental health facilities a more efficient method of controlling the water usage of inmates and patients while providing a safer environment for staff. Valves are managed remotely by an electronic controller, allowing precise regulation of the water supply at the fixture.
In the event of flooding, valuable time is often wasted waiting for the problem to be reported and eventually fixed. Master-Trol, however, makes it possible to take prompt action—it sends an immediate alert through the system, and the water supply can be shut off with just a few keystrokes.
But a side benefit was soon realized: The facilities using the software saw their water usage decrease dramatically, along with its associated costs. It’s now used not only in secure settings but also by government facilities, universities, and sporting arenas to save water and reduce maintenance costs.
In addition, Master-Trol’s reporting feature is especially helpful in apartment complexes and other residential settings. Because it provides such complete data, tenants can be billed according to their individual water usage rather than charged a flat fee.
Master-Trol is a helpful tool for building owners and superintendents to gauge how water is being used in their facility and then form a reasoned, actionable plan to reduce waste—saving on utility bills and helping the environment.
It’s understandable that there may be concerns regarding the upfront cost of such a system, but our knowledgeable sales reps have decades of data allowing them to accurately calculate potential savings based on facility size and number of residents/users.