Water meters have changed little since their earliest use and have a major fault in their design: air in your water lines is read as water by your meter. So for ALL building owners/operators, there is a very high probability your meter is billing you for higher water consumption than your building is actually using. Really! The obvious question one would then ask is – How can this be so?

Here is what happens. If you filled up a bucket of water to the one gallon mark, the meter may have shown that you actually used 1.4 gallons of water. If that ratio is reduced to a 80/20 water/air content after the valve is installed, the meter would only be registering 1.1 gallons to fill that same 1 gallon bucket.This is where the turbulence of the water flowing through the meter is such a variable in the reduction of air passing through the meter. The higher the turbulence, the bigger the air bubbles. By compacting those air bubbles, and turning the flow of water from turbulent to laminar, the meter isn’t reading air bubbles, just water.

It is a well documented and researched fact that there exist considerable amounts of air in municipal water pipelines. In fact, the entry, control and release of air from pipelines is a major, though often, hidden problem in pipelines used for water supply, foul water drainage and effluent discharge.

…fundamental services are provided by municipalities through sewer and water pipes, some over 100 years old. These billions of dollars of buried infrastructure normally serve us so well that they are overlooked, “out of sight, out of mind“. They are rarely top tier political issues, and when budgets are tight it is tempting to defer their inspections, maintenance, repair or replacement. The backlog of repairs and replacement has been characterized by Ontario’s Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal as a ‘water infrastructure deficit’. The water infrastructure deficit in Ontario has been estimated by the Province’s own Expert Strategy Water Panel as between $30 and $40 billion.

-Ontario Budget papers, page 123

The collection of published information and discussions with practitioners has revealed many issues related to this problem, but Encompass’ focus is less on remedying the problem on the municipal side of the water meter and more on the building owner/operator side. However, it is still important to understand the underlying reason how the problem of air in water pipes is created and the impact it ultimately has on the end user. To date, when water efficiency is discussed, it centers on installing water efficient fixtures, but this does not address the issue of air in water because it provides efficiency use after having passed the meter. We are concerned with the treatment of water efficiency before it is measured by the end user’s meter. To that end, we identify and are concerned with the key issue of air in water and the direct impact on building owner/operators.

So, how then will this “water infrastructure deficit” impact your building operations? Firstly, the effects of a poor and crumbling infrastructure will result in higher volumes of air in water pipelines. Given that water meters are not intelligent enough to differentiate between air and water, as part of the recording process; it reasons that the higher air volumes will increase water consumption and sewage readings resulting in increased water utility cost. Secondly, the capital expenditures required for the billions in repairs required will, in all probability, be passed onto building owners/operators through municipal water and sewage consumption services.

We have already seen the significant impact these challenges have had on rates. Since 2005 water and sewage costs have risen by nearly 100%. Given the preceding issues it’s clear that rates will continue to increase and therefore have a significant impact on operating cost for building owners/operators. Those owners/operators who have installed the H2 minus O valve have seen significant savings on their water consumption cost ranging from 10% to 50%.

I can be very excited about a product that delivers an 18.8% lower water reading. By my rough calculations, that nets into savings of $28,833 annual savings increases the bottom line by that amount, and increases my property’s value by $360,000 at an 8% Capitalization Rate. A very good rate of return on the investment of that value.

– Zane D. – Owner

Installing the H2 minus O valve will provide a number of key benefits to your buildings/businesses. We have a number of case studies that (we would be more than happy to share) demonstrate the key benefits of the technology:

  • Lower water bills
  • Rapid return on investmen
  • Increased net operating income
  • Increase value of building

For further details on how H2 minus O can help reduce your building’s water cost, please contact Encompass for your no obligation assessment and business case ROI.