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A New System for Households in Spain to Evaluate and Reduce Their Water Consumption
Department of Computer Sciences, Polytechnic School, University of Alcala, Road Madrid-Barcelona, Km 33.6, Alcalá de Henares 28871, Spain
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Received: 29 October 2013; in revised form: 20 December 2013 / Accepted: 8 January 2014 / Published: 21 January 2014
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to describe a developed model and its corresponding application, known as System to Evaluate the Water Consumption at Home (SEWAT). The aim is to create a new model to evaluate the efficiency of water consumption. Thanks to the input of the water bills by users, the model allows them to check if water consumption is efficient, in order to give them an opportunity to evaluate their water usage. To succeed in it, several researches were tracked in order to establish consumer trends and to identify the most efficient value for this magnitude. Furthermore, a survey was conducted to obtain updated values to validate information from previous studies. However, the main aim of this model is to use the resources efficiently, so it has to be useful accordingly. Therefore, after the evaluation, the application has a section with recommendations for the users to reduce their water consumption through a range of different indications. This section is divided into four: bathroom, kitchen, new appliance and reusing water. Each section shows the expected benefits if the users follow the recommended options. The main result is a unique application in Spain, which includes a system of evaluation, comparison and a section of recommendations for the users. Eventually, the model will have a promising outcome, because it surely will change the awareness of citizens about this subject.
Keywords: efficiency; liters per capita per day; residential buildings; water label
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Gutierrez-Escolar, A.; Castillo-Martinez, A.; Gomez-Pulido, J.M.; Gutierrez-Martinez, J.-M.; Garcia-Lopez, E. A New System for Households in Spain to Evaluate and Reduce Their Water Consumption. Water 2014, 6, 181-195.
Gutierrez-Escolar A, Castillo-Martinez A, Gomez-Pulido JM, Gutierrez-Martinez J-M, Garcia-Lopez E. A New System for Households in Spain to Evaluate and Reduce Their Water Consumption. Water. 2014; 6(1):181-195.
Gutierrez-Escolar, Alberto; Castillo-Martinez, Ana; Gomez-Pulido, Jose M.; Gutierrez-Martinez, Jose-Maria; Garcia-Lopez, Eva. 2014. "A New System for Households in Spain to Evaluate and Reduce Their Water Consumption." Water 6, no. 1: 181-195.