February 1, 2021
3 min read
Real Estate

Water Leakage: Understanding Your Building’s Consumption

Innovative technologies based on a precise analysis of the water flow data allow to detect and locate potential leaks in commercial or residential buildings.

Every drop of water counts: water leakage means waste of clean water, but also waste of money. Undetected water leaks are often devastating to building structures, provoking corrosion and wall cracks, and causing substantial expenses for repairs and the water supply itself.

Water audits with smart devices

Water audits using smart devices developed by Droople allow to gather and analyse fine-grained data from building water supply systems, to explain detailed consumption patterns, and efficiently detect then locate potential leakages. One of such audits was conducted in December 2019 in an apartment building, to investigate the causes of a sudden 48% increase in water consumption. Indeed, in 2018 this residential building of 29 apartments of an average surface of 75 m2 registered a yearly consumption of 2 336 m3, versus the usual amount of roughly 1 300 m3.

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Peak of consumption revealed by the monitoring tool

Droople Smart Monitoring Solution


Droople Water Monitoring Solution was installed on the main building meter, gathering flow data during two weeks. The installation allowed for visual data extraction in 10-minute intervals and its subsequent transmission via wireless communication to Droople Water Intelligence Platform.

The data was then analysed by the Machine Learning algorithms developed by Droople, then allowing for leakage detection (such as existence of a consistence consumption plateau), as well as prediction of future consumption profiles (using trend fitting method, including seasonal variations).

Droople Smart Flow  – transparency for both owners and tenants

The audit results indicated the absence of the leakage, revealing instead an important consumption pattern. After a more detailed analysis, the event was attributed to the watering of the green spaces of the building. These insights allowed to take advantage of the transparency offered by the Droople iLink Smart Flow device. Indeed, the property manager was able to take charge of the related costs, which could otherwise be recurrently imputed to the tenants and may have become a potential source of long-term conflict.

In fact, for multi-tenants buildings of 20 apartments or more, a sub-metering solution is key in gaining full control over the water supply and usage. Such installations generate the return on investment already within 6 years. Droople state-of-the art Smart Water Monitoring Solution offers property owners and managers full transparency of water usage distribution, whilst allowing precise individual water supply charges for tenants.

tailor-made dashboard
Droople Water Intelligence Platform

Droople Smart Flow Starter Kit
Droople Smart Flow

actionable insights

Lombard Odier Group

Droople enables us to monitor our cooling tower in order to prevent further water damages.

Pascal Puidoux

Head of Infrastructure


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Frequently Asked Questions

What gateway should I choose?

There are several gateways that can be used Wifi, 4G, Ethernet LoRa Gateways. Further “Connectivity” FAQs on our Support page

How do I install the device ?

Once you've unboxed your Droople Package consisting of an iLink & sensor(s) and gateway, (1) retrofit the sensor to the consumable. (2) Retrofit the sensor to the inline pipe, (3) Turn on your gateway, (4) Scan to configure your Droople iLink, and (5) Activate by pulling the iLink ticket. Visit the Droople Support page to access the DIY videos and a Quick Start Guidebased on your product.

How do I configure my device on the platform ?

Each Droople iLink has a unique QR Code. Scanning takes you to configure it to a new or existing "asset". After configuration and use of your tap, you already have access to your metrics. For detailed instructions, you can find videos and tutorials on our Support page: https://droople.readme.io/

Where do I find support documents ?

Our Support page can be found here https://droople.readme.io.
Our Technical Specifications here.

Who can I contact when I need help?

Feel free to email support@droople.com for any questions or feedback.

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