Smart Water Flow Monitoring System Can Help Keep Lead Levels Safe at Schools
Environment America states that more than 24 million kids will lose IQ points due to lead exposure.
A recent CBS article reporting that 10 percent of plumbing fixtures in Ohio school districts with abnormally high levels of lead is yet another example of lead in schools. Many American schools are exposing children to unsafe levels of lead particularly in the Northeastern USA such as New Jersey, New York, Illinois and Maine. The schools affected are not only in big cities but also suburban and rural communities.
According to the EPA, there is no known safe level of lead in the water supply. Lead is especially dangerous to children as even "low levels of exposure have been linked to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells."
One technique to keep lead at safe levels is to have schools run their water to flush their plumbing regularly, which 5,300 schools are failing to do properly. But, tracking when and how frequently pipes are flushed poses a challenge as most schools do not have systems to monitor water flow in real-time. If lead flushing doesn’t happen on a regular schedule, the lead that has leached into the water supply remains in the standing water in the pipes. And, when children drink the water they are exposed to higher levels of lead. Monitoring lead flushing is key to keeping water clean and safe at schools; as the saying goes, "you can't manage what you can't measure."
Fortunately, there are non-intrusive smart water flow sensors that can be installed in seconds by anyone - from custodial staff to teaching faculty. The Alert Labs Flowie smart water flow sensor straps onto indoor water meters in seconds to monitor water flow in real-time. Analytics and a record of all water usage events are available through an easy-to-use Dashboard or Mobile App.
By monitoring water flow minute-by-minute with Flowie, school facility managers and administrators can ensure that essential lead flushing is being performed at all schools in the district. The length of time that these flushing events are carried out can also be quantified. Real-time water usage data helps avoid lead flushing that is either too short and therefore ineffective or, too long and the cause of high water bills.
Flowie also sends alerts for leaks, floods, unusual water usage, pipe freezing, power outages and humidity levels to help protect school buildings from water damage and high water bills.
Lead levels in drinking water at schools can be properly managed with the right technology; reducing the risk that lead poses to the health of children is easier and more effective with Flowie.
Visit alertlabs.com/schools to learn how you can track minute-by-minute water usage, including lead flushing processes, at a fraction of the cost by installing the Alert Labs Flowie smart water flow sensor.
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