Westfield Corporation | Sustainability Report 2018 | 27
Water leaks and pipe breaks are an inevitable component of
building management, but can lead to wasting precious water, which
sometimes can go unnoticed. As part of Westfield Corporation’s holistic
approach to sustainability, in 2017 we sought to better understand
all aspects of our water consumption using WaterCompass. The
leak and flow monitoring solution was installed at two facilities
(Garden State Plaza and Valley Fair) in 2017 and provides detailed
data, analysis, and alerts for water leaks to their facility managers.
WaterCompass has been able to help us detect and then act on
various sources of water leaks including pipes, malfunctioning valves,
and water fixtures (e.g., faucets and toilets). Considering the water
savings, cost savings, and ability to proactively manage and maintain
water infrastructure for tenants and our own facilities, we plan to rollout
WaterCompass to more facilities in the future years.
The proactive management system is able to identify anomalies and
changes in water consumption in real-time, allowing facility managers
to act quickly to address leaks and save precious potable water.
Westfield Corporation is cognisant of the need to
manage its water consumption. We have several
ongoing water conservation initiatives in place such
as waterless and water saving technology to reduce
water consumption and withdrawal.
With the help of HydroPoint and WaterCompass, Westfield Corporation
was able to save thousands of gallons of water per hour. We identified
potential opportunities for water savings at two properties where unusual
use patterns had captured our attention. At Garden State Plaza in Paramus,
New Jersey, we were able to save more than 3,200 gallons of water per
hour of operation due to fixed water leaks. In addition, at Valley Fair in
San Jose, California while under a major redevelopment, we confronted
an unusual situation: water usage for all five meters never reached zero
during any 24-hour period. Within 30 days of installation, real-time data
from WaterCompass enabled our team to detect and manage leaks that
represent thousands of gallons of inefficient water consumption. Going
forward, we can ensure water use efficiency is optimised at these locations
and potentially across other locations in the future.