Are smart meters the answer to saving water?

Does having a smart water meter to measure your water consumption change your water behaviour?

Cape Town made world headlines in 2018 as a major city on the brink of seeing its taps run dry.

Researchers from the Environmental Policy Research Unit conducted research on 105 schools in the Western Cape where they tested two behavioural treatments: information feedback and social comparison in the form of an inter-school competition.

When we do the intervention we want to see what kind of information leads to behavioural change and to what extent is that change lasting over time.

Martine Visser, Centre director - Environmental Policy Research Unit

There is a wide range of behavioural insights that one may use. In this study, we worked with 120 schools.

Martine Visser, Centre director - Environmental Policy Research Unit

Listen to the full interview below...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Are smart meters the answer to saving water?


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] SA's Ndlovu Youth Choir through to America's Got Talent semi-finals

[LISTEN] SA's Ndlovu Youth Choir through to America's Got Talent semi-finals

The choir has been wowing TV audiences in the US and across the world with their energetic performances.

Surfer comes up with insp-EYE-ring way to ward off sharks - take a look!

Surfer comes up with insp-EYE-ring way to ward off sharks - take a look!

Large eye stickers are being stuck to the bottom of surfboards in order to deter sharks.

'The long wait is over'  - PSL returns to SABC following blackout

'The long wait is over' - PSL returns to SABC following blackout

The end of the impasse comes after weeks of high-level meetings between the public broadcaster, government, and MultiChoice.

Zuma maintains he did not call Hanekom an apartheid spy

Zuma maintains he did not call Hanekom an apartheid spy

The former president has filed papers with the Durban High Court in response to Derek Hanekom's defamation charges.

Smart Water Meter helps Cape Town school save thousands in water bill

Smart Water Meter helps Cape Town school save thousands in water bill

Dropula Smart Water Meter system detected a costly and wasteful leak at Rhenish Girls High School in Cape Town.

New smart device helps families measure household water usage via mobile app

New smart device helps families measure household water usage via mobile app

GaugeIT allows consumers to engage more by providing near-real time water consumption information directly to their mobile phones.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Here's the purported ANC letter Maimane revealed during Ramaphosa's Q&A

[WATCH] Here's the purported ANC letter Maimane revealed during Ramaphosa's Q&A

The 2014 letter on an ANC letterhead signed by then TG Zweli Mkhize thanks Bosasa's Gavin Watson for a 3 million party donation.

Old Mutual ups the ante in its bitter battle with Peter Moyo

Old Mutual ups the ante in its bitter battle with Peter Moyo

Bruce Whitfield interviews Peter de Beyer (Old Mutual Non-Executive Director) and Karl Gevers (Benguela Global Fund Managers).

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

Autopsy report confirms Selahle died of unnatural causes in police custody

Autopsy report confirms Selahle died of unnatural causes in police custody

Tshegofatso Selahle died on Sunday after being arrested by JMPD officers for allegedly skipping a robot in Johannesburg.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Former EFF MP: 'I didn't know where the money came from until it was leaked'

Former EFF MP: 'I didn't know where the money came from until it was leaked'

EFF member Tebogo Mokwele and Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni respond to leaked CR17 bank statements.

[WATCH] Father and daughter dance-off changes tune when she starts twerking

[WATCH] Father and daughter dance-off changes tune when she starts twerking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.