Per capita our society consumes the most most amount of water in the world. This is partially due to our extremely low water billing rate and our wastefulness. Our current water billing system is also not the most user friendly system for a resource conscious consumer. Difficult to reach or non-existent water meter and a 3 months long billing cycle are the typical problems one encounters. Cutting the water line open to install a flow meter is also a non-starter for most consumers.
This project attempts to address the above problems by using a microphone mounted to anywhere on the water pipes. By listening and training NUPIC system, one hopes to be able to identify the faucet used as the first step to quantify water usage.