No Plumbing Required

Engineering Students Unveil Unique Water Monitoring Device to Promote Household Conservation

noplumbingrequired.jpgEngineering students at Sonoma State University unveiled a prototype of a water monitoring system that they designed as part of the 350 Challenge in Sonoma County on May 14 and 15. The device, which measures how much water is used in the bathroom or a shower, was demonstrated at the Environmental Technology Center.

The device can easily be installed on any sink and no plumbing or hardware modifications are required, says Dr. Farid Farahmand, associate professor in the department of engineering science, who has directed the students in the effort.

Farahmand and his students plan to test the device in the Salazar Hall building on campus in June and July and will also design a central web site which keeps track of how much water is being used in all washrooms. The results will displayed on a monitor in the hallway so students can track usage.

"If we get more funding, we can build more of these devices for dormitories and monitor water consumption behavior of students," he says, "such as how much water an average student uses for a single morning shower, or how much fresh water we use to wash our dishes in a week."

"This hard core data that can help students to learn more and try to be more conscious about their daily life actions," he notes.

Farahmand operates (Directs) the Advanced Internet Technology in the Interest of Society Laboratory (AITIS Lab) in the Department of Engineering Science at SSU. The AITIS Lab is committed to research and develop Internet-based technology solutions for social, educational, environmental, and health care problems.

It operates to utilize the engineering expertise and research activity of its faculty to initiate innovative and sustainable graduate and undergraduate projects to educate future environmentally responsible and skilled engineers. Faculty and students work with local industries and organizations to provide sustainable engineering solutions.

For more information on the activities of the lab, visit

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