Water use monitoring apparatus

  • US 9,494,480 B2
  • Filed: 12/05/2014
  • Issued: 11/15/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/11/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A water parameter use and monitoring apparatus comprising:

  • A base station apparatus connected to a main water supply means;

    said base station having a plurality of joint means including an input cold or ambient joint means engaged to an output of a cold/ambient, or alternately a joint means including a cold and hot water near or at the water supply source;

    said base station apparatus designed to be installed prior to any distribution lines within a residence or commercial building;

    electrical circuitry including one or more microprocessors contained with said base station apparatus;

    a power source connected to said electrical circuitry;

    one or more flow rate sensors means in close proximity to said water supply means, said one or more flow sensor means in electrical communication with said electrical circuitry;

    one or more pressure sensors in close proximity to said water supply means, said one or more pressure sensors in electric communication with said electrical circuitry;

    a temperature sensing means, said temperature sensing means in electrical communication with said electrical circuitry;

    said base station capable of monitoring and processing the water flow, water energy and/or water quality data or information obtained from the one or more flow rate sensors, one or more pressure sensor data or information, and the temperature sensing means data or information;

    one or more wireless electrical communication means, said one or more wireless electrical communication means having the capability to transfer water parameter, water energy and/or water quality information and/or data, one or more pressure sensor data or information, and the temperature sensing means data or information said one or more wireless communication means utilizing a router/server or cellular technology to connect and transferring said water parameter, water energy and/or said water quality information and/or data to the internet; and

    said one or more wireless electrical communication means utilizing encrypted, authentication, integrity and/or non-repudiation format technology to securely provide water use, water energy and/or water quality information and/or data in a confidential format.

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