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THE SMART VALVE: Conserve Water, Save Cost
Jeff Chalfin, CEO
Ever increasing water costs and limited supply has moved water sustainability and cost management as a top priority for most organizations. What consumers are unaware of is that they are paying for more water than they use because of inherent water meter inaccuracy. Meters measure the volume passing through them; both water and air. Due to constant fluctuation in the water pressure according to the user’s demands, meters also over-spin resulting in higher readings. This fluctuation then travels through the meter into the city main and results in an increased volume of air in the system. It can also result in turbulence and pressure surges, which lead to further inaccuracy of the meters.
THE SMART VALVE takes well-known principals of pressure and fluid dynamics and applies them in a new and financially rewarding product to resolve all these issues. “We have designed and manufactured the SMART VALVE to eliminate the excessive costs resulting from the inherent shortcomings of meters, significantly reducing end-users water costs,” says Jeff Chalfin, CEO of Flow Dynamics, LLC, the patent holder and manufacturer of the SMART VALVE.
The SMART VALVE resolves the water measurement issues by creating a backpressure upstream through the water meter so that the pressure drop from user demand does not reach the meter, and any air from the municipal side is compressed before reaching the meter. This is because the column of pressurized water around the water meter maintains an elevated pressure close to static pressure and has a smoother, more laminar flow. As a result, the meter measures little air volume, the turbulence is significantly lessened. The valve acts also as a shock absorber against surges and shock waves, which can damage equipment.
The company’s first generation valve was the first technology patent received in this field resulting in a proven history of increased savings for its user. Based on feedback from our customers, nationwide, and with our advanced engineering, our 2nd Generation Smart Valve has been designed to permit the user to make external adjustments after the installation has been completed.
With water becoming one of our most precious and expensive resources, our game-changing technology should become standard equipment for anyone paying a water bill
This exciting design improvement permits for the calibration (after installation) for the specific requirements of the individual location, and avoids the possibility of having to remove the valve to make further adjustments to accommodate pressure variations. Therefore, the new SMART VALVE model does not only result in direct savings but also indirect savings because the settings can be changed without requiring the services of a plumber or shutting down water flow to the facility.
While there are a couple small competitors attempting to sell variations of their first-generation design, “we have now created a product which makes any other existing products obsolete,” Chalfin asserted with pride and a big smile.
As reported to Flow Dynamics by John Warfield, President of Personal Property Management, Inc. (largest HOA management company in the Coachella Valley) installation of the Smart Valve on irrigation lines for Vista Del Sol Homeowners Association, where the valve had been used in two water meters servicing the irrigation system, “After a four-week trial period the reduction in consumption measured was reduced dramatically (from 23,900 gallons to 14,700 gallons) representing a 32 percent benefit which will save us thousands of dollars annually. We are recommending the installation of your valves on other meters which have large water usage,” according to Warfield.
Flow Dynamics, based in Carlsbad, CA, plans to expand its distributor network—both domestically and internationally— and welcomes inquiries from experienced distributors. The company is now exploring the use of its valves in the gas industry, refrigeration, and water pump energy reduction, while also further developing its capabilities with versions that would include backflow prevention and eliminating unmeasured flow for municipalities. “With water becoming one of our most precious and expensive resources, our game-changing technology should become standard equipment for anyone paying a water bill,” thesmartvalve.com concludes Chalfin.
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