A new online tool is helping Madison residents keep better track of their water usage.
Madison is the first city in the state to launch an online tool that allows residents to check their monthly, daily and even hourly water use. The tool lets you compare month-to-month usage and set up email notifications to warn you of higher-than-normal usage, among other services.
"What we're talking about for us is really the ultimate conservation tool when it comes to water conservation," says Amy Barrilleaux, spokesperson for the Madison Water Utility.
Prior to the online option, residents could only track their usage by checking their monthly water bill or constantly comparing the water meter before and after use.
"This is just night and day from having to go into the basement and look at your meter to see how much water you're using every day," Barrilleaux said.
The goal is to help conserve water and dollars for Madison's residents.