Water use monitoring apparatus

  • US 9,749,792 B2
  • Filed: 01/14/2015
  • Issued: 08/29/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/11/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A water use monitoring and leak detection apparatus comprising:

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

    said base station includes a joint means for connecting to a cold/ambient water supply, or a joint means for connecting to a cold/ambient water supply and a joint means for connecting to a hot water supply, said base station have a joint means for connecting to outgoing water supply line(s) for a home residence, company or building structure;

    electrical circuitry including one or more microprocessors or microcontrollers with a power source contained with said base station apparatus;

    said power source is either AC powered, DC powered, or powered with one or more batteries, said power source is electrically connected to said electrical circuitry;

    one or more flow sensors in communication with a water supply, said one or more flow sensors in electrical communication with said electrical circuitry;

    one or more wired or wireless electrical communication means, said wired or wireless electrical communication means having the capability to transfer water parameter, water energy and/or water quality information or data to one or more remote apparatuses, said wired or wireless electrical communication means utilizes protection technology to securely provide water use, water energy and/or water quality information and/or data in a confidential format;

    said base station includes mesh-enabled circuitry that can communicate with other base stations for transferring water flow, water energy and/or water quality data;

    said base station(s) functioning as one or more access points that transfer said water flow, water energy and/or water quality data, using encryption and identification technology to an internet connection;

    said water flow, water energy and/or water quality data transferred over the internet connection to one or more remote computers or computer servers, and;

    said remote computers or servers allow registered owners and users to access their registered water flow, water energy and/or water quality data using a cell phone, smart phone, mobile phone, or a mobile electronic communication device.

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