Smart Water for Irish schools

The Waternomics project comprises two pilot buildings in Ireland, both located in Galway (a city with a population of about 70,000 on the west coast of Ireland). The buildings are (i) the New Engineering Building at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) and (ii) an Irish speaking secondary school (students range in age from 12 – 18) Coláiste na Coiribe which is currently under construction and is due to open in September 2015. Engineering Building (NUI Galway) Coláiste na Coiribe Coláiste na Coiribe is an Irish language secondary school and currently has about 350 students and 25 teaching and administrative staff. Due to expansion, space pressures and the need for updated facilities a new 7400 m2 school is currently under construction. This new building will accommodate up to 720 students and comprise classrooms, offices, sports halls and associated toilet and shower facilities. As the school is in the early stages of construction it presents a unique opportunity for Waternomics to engage with the designers and contractors at an early stage and monitor this new building from commissioning stage. This pilot will enable the pilot to engage students at an early age in the improtanec of water conservation. Furthermore these students can test and give feedback to the project on how the platform functions in communication complex water-related data to a wider audience. Indeed it is expected collaboration between the school and the WATERNOMICS team will result in students actively developing inputs to the project (e.g. user interface design, apps etc). The school management also face key budgetary and conservation targets; to date reporting on water and associated energy consumption has been limited or not possible. The pilot will also inform future design of similar buildings with particular focus on water conservation measures and rainwater harvesting systems

NUI Galway project team: Dr. Eoghan Clifford, Dr. Daniel Coakley, Mark McCaffrey, Niall Chambers