Flume Releases Inaugural Household Water Use Index

Flume Releases Inaugural Household Water Use Index

The Flume Household Water Use Index is made on the basis of the data from tens of thousands of Flume devices that are installed on household water meters across the nation. Moving forward, Flume water use data summaries would be reported quarterly.

FREMONT, CA: Flume, the company that brings connectivity and intelligence to household water usage, has released the inaugural results for the Flume Household Water Use Index, the leading measure of US household water use. The Flume Index indicates that indoor household water use remainsin decline after peaking during the pandemic in Q2 2020.

The Flume Household Water Use Index is made on the basis of the data from tens of thousands of Flume devices that are installed on household water meters across the nation. Moving forward, Flume water use data summaries would be reported quarterly.

"The water industry has never before had a way to measure and track demand nationally, and by service area," stated water demand expert Peter Mayer, P.E., Principal of WaterDM. "The USGS reports on national water use every five years. The national household end use studies were 15 years apart. It is a remarkable breakthrough that Flume will present detailed national water use information every quarter. These reports will help everyone to better understand and manage water demand."

Current Impacts of COVID-19 on Indoor Household Water Use

When stay-at-home orders went into effect in March and April of 2020, indoor household water use in the United States soared. Every major metropolitan area saw an increase in indoor household use.Figure 1 depicts indoor household water use in gallons per capita per day (GPCD) for a study of 20,000 Flume devices across the United States since then.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the indoor Flume Household Water Usage Index was 50.6 GPCD. The indoor Flume Index peaked at an average of 61.9 GPCD during the height of COVID-19 (Q2 2020). During this quarter, indoor water consumption reached an all-time high of 81.5 GPCD during the week of April 19, 2020.Since then, the indoor Flume Index has steadily declined through Q1 2021, coinciding with the reopening of businesses across the world. However, indoor water usage in Q1 2021 is around 1.0 GPCD higher than it was in Q4 2019.

Weekly Brief