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A survey found that 78% of facility managers feel water treatment best practice is important but only 60% are tracking water consumption

In the US, water filtration company LifeSource Water Systems has expanded its offering into water management solutions to meet the growing market demand in California for water-efficient solutions.

The company reports it is expanding its commercial division in partnership with plumbing contractor California Comfort Systems to supply whole-building water filtration and ScaleSolver conditioning systems, that include integrated water meter technologies, to help customers manage water usage and flow rates within their buildings.

Targeted at California commercial property owners and facility managers facing drought-related water restrictions, LifeSource Commercial Water Systems can be installed in new-build projects as well as multifamily condos, apartments, senior living communities, mixed-use office buildings, education and healthcare facilities, and hotels.

Commenting on the expansion into water management, Peter Hewitt, executive vice president/GM of LifeSource Commercial Water Systems – an operating division of LifeSource, said: "We have built our commercial division around leveraging installation and service strengths with mechanical engineering and plumbing subcontractor firms.

"We're now expanding our relationship with Comfort Systems USA for whole-building water management systems."

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LifeSource ScaleSolver conditioning products help reduce and prevent scale buildup for most applications caused by hard water.

An accurate water meter becomes essential to monitor, benchmark and audit water use and flow rates, implement leak detection and execute other conservation programs, said Ken Hoving, executive vice president of Comfort Systems USA.

Mr Hoving said: "You can't manage what you don't measure.

"Water usage and flow rate data are continually captured via smart meters allowing building property managers, facility engineers, and maintenance staff to more efficiently track water use and help develop and drive water conservation best practices.

"This is especially important for our customers who require mechanical engineering designs, construction, and ongoing HVAC and plumbing services in new and existing commercial buildings."

In March 2015, a CFE Media National Water Management Study shows over 78% of facility managers and engineers find water treatment and management best practices important but only 60% actually track water consumption.

The survey revealed many facility managers and engineers are unaware of new technology alternatives to water softeners that don't waste excess water for treatment, require delivery and storage of salt, and pollute the environment when dumping massive amounts of salt-brine discharges.

Some municipalities have banned water-softening systems given the amount of waste water and harm to the environment.