Gruntify – the flexible, innovative mobile-to-cloud platform – is being utilized by Townsville City Council to help them reduce water consumption.
With its dry tropical environment and recent failed wet seasons, the Townsville area is going through one of its driest periods on record. This is exacerbated by the fact that residents of Townsville use up to four times as much water per person than in most major cities across Australia. The levels in the city’s main dam have fallen to less than 20%, and the Council has placed the city and its surrounds on Level 3 water restrictions – meaning sprinkler and irrigation system restrictions for everyone, as well as limited time for handheld watering. On the spot fines will be issued to those not complying with water restrictions. But how can Council optimize compliance actions, engage the community and streamline regulator actions?
In an innovative move by Townsville City Council, they are turning to Gruntify for a cross-organization mobile-to-cloud water use reporting platform. The Council are currently piloting a collaborative reporting approach that utilizes the assistance of a local business. The partnership streamlines the otherwise lengthy reporting processes and allows enhanced visibility into how and when people are using water. The local business is working closely with the Council’s water patrol unit to assist the city with a smooth and rapid transition into Level 3 restrictions. They have also been tasked with keeping an eye out for any water leaks, to help further in the Council’s water saving efforts.
With Gruntify’s mobile data capture app, the team can quickly snap a picture and submit it. Other details like location, date and time are automatically captured. The reports are submitted in real-time to Gruntify’s cloud-based data management portal. Council staff are able to process and map reports for further actioning.
The system is currently in pilot testing phase, before going live in the next few weeks.
Jason Lange, Townsville’s Water Cycle Team Leader and visionary manager for this project, says “Responding to drought requires a whole of community approach, and combining technology and business collaborations like this simply makes good sense. Not only does the system allow for 5-second, high accuracy reporting, it provides the city with insights that allow us to make better management decisions.”
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