The City of Dubuque, Iowa, says a pilot study it conducted which leverages cloud computing technology and analytics, resulted in a 6.6% reduction in water consumption and a much improved ability to detect leaks.

Dubuque implemented a Smarter Sustainable Water Pilot Study in partnership with IBM in 2010. Under the pilot 151 homes were outfitted with smart meters and their consumption habits were compared against a similar-sized control group.

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