I think my employer is falling for a scam, or at least is being misled.
Our corporate dept. wants us to install a water valve just downstream of our main water meter. The valve maker claims this device (in their words) “uses the latest technology to increase the density of water running through a meter which improves meter accuracy. To increase water density, the [device] compresses the air in the water flow as it is being metered. [The device] has drastically improved the efficiency of upstream water past the meter. An additional benefit is the elimination of turbulence that typically accompanies water passing through meters.”
This ‘technology’ is supposed to save us 10-15% off our water bill. The price for a 3-inch valve is $20k. From pictures, it appears to be a valve body with some sort of a spring loaded ‘valve’ to cause ‘backpressure’. Similar devices go by the names of Watergater or theSmartValve.
I can imagine it saving money by simply restricting water flow, but all the scientific sounding jargon about compressing air and turbulence seems suspect. And the testimonials on their websites are really off-putting.
Do such water valve devices actually save 10-15% on water bill by compressing air and reducing turbulence to improve meter accuracy? Reeks of BS to me. Seems like a orifice plate would do the same thing.