Smarter Water

Smarter Water
Dubuque’s Smarter Water Pilot Study was a Smarter Sustainable Dubuque project conducted in conjunction with the City’s community-wide water meter replacement project. More than 300 Dubuque households participated in this 12-month pilot study which helped reduce water utilization by 6.6 percent and increased leak detection and response eight-fold among participants.

The Smarter Water Portal provided a customer-specific, integrated view of water usage. The data was collected hourly and transmitted daily. Usage data was displayed in gallons, cost, or by carbon footprint. The portal also provided leak detection and notification, historical usage data, and comparative data. 

This pilot project has been completed, but if you're interested in another option for Dubuque water utility customers to more closely monitor their usage, please visit or call the Smarter Sustainable Dubuque help desk at 563.690.6111. There is no additional cost or equipment needed to utilize this new tool designed to help residents and businesses make more informed decisions about how they use water and track the associated costs. 


Project concluded. Portal access no longer available.  Thank you to all volunteers who participated.

View IBM Research's Final Report on the Smarter Water Pilot Study