Smart Water Valves FAQ’S

What Is The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™?

The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ is a proprietary water conservation device that saves water usage and reduces your water bill. What Does The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ Do? The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ functions as a “check valve”, utilizing our proprietary technology to: 1.    Remove air from the water, and 2.    Better control its flow Water – H2O - contains 10%-20% air depending on its temperature and pressure.  Eliminating air reduces the amount of water used and thus reduces your water bill.  Eliminating air and managing the flow of water has the benefit of reducing the detrimental “air hammer” effect on pipes and its sound which occurs when air gushes through a water pipe.

What Is the Barrett Smart Water Valve™ Made Of?

The Barrett Smart Water Valve™ is made of 100% level 316 – “Food Grade” stainless steel.

Where Is the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ Installed?

The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ is installed within the building inside the main water pipe that serves the building.  The placement of the Valve depends on the location of the water storage tank serving the building.  However, its placement is not near the local utility’s water meter so it has no adverse effect on the utility’s meter readings.  Because the Valve generally is installed in the basement, there is no negative impact to the residents’ apartments.

How Does the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve ™ Work?

In a hydraulic system, which describes water coming from the water company’s (utility’s) system into a building, the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ functions similar to a “check valve” so the water only can flow in one direction.  The local water utility maintains a constant water pressure (pounds per square inch, or psi) for the incoming water entering the building.  In order for the water to continue flowing through the Valve, into the building, the water (fluid) is pressurized to the point that the pressure forces the piston, (visible with the “Y” stabilizer on the right side of photo below), which is retained by a spring (visible in the second photo below) in the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™, to open and allow the water to pass through further “downstream”. The pressure exerted on the air in the water causes the air bubbles to be reduced in size.  Rather than continue forward, the air bubbles can float back to the storage tank, where there is space at the top for the air to escape.  The Valve is placed downstream from the meter and does not affect the utility water meter measuring capabilities.

What Types of Building Will Benefit Most?

Multi-Family residential buildings and hotels benefit the most because the savings come from what is referred to as reduced volumetric use. An example of volumetric use, or continuous use of water are showers. By Barrett Green absorbing all the risk and cost, we in effect are guaranteeing approximately a 10% savings of your water costs.

How Much Can the BG Smart Water Valve™ Save?

The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ can save a multifamily residential building approximately 10% in water costs.  A Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ has been installed at Co-op City in the Bronx, NY for almost 3 years.  The Valve serves three 33 story high rise residential buildings with a total of 1,188 apartments and savings have averaged 10% over this time period.  Specifically, for the 12 months from July 2014 through June 2015, The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ saved 10.36% or $137,500 on 138,579 HCF of water used.

Is the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ Safe?

Yes! Because the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ has been constructed from pure Food Grade stainless steel, which is a safe material for contact with potable water.

Does the BG Smart Water Valve™ Require Maintenance?

No.  The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ is machined to aircraft level tolerances for smooth and maintenance free operation.  The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve is based on our own proprietary design/technology and manufactured in the United States. 

What Does A Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ Cost?

Nothing!  Barrett Green offers its Smart Water Valve™ to buildings on a RISK FREE BASIS!  The Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ is licensed to the building at NO COST UP FRONT.  Barrett Green absorbs the cost of custom manufacturing the Valve specifically sized to fit the size of the water pipe serving your building, as well as the cost of installing the Valve inside the main water pipe.  Our affiliate, Barrett Capital Corporation, prepares a Shared Savings Agreement, through which we share the savings for an agreed upon term, after which 100% of the savings accrue to the building.

How To Arrange For An Installation At My Building?

Just contact Arthur Pearson at apearson@barrettgreen.net or call him directly at 212-319-8400.  We will arrange for a site visit to your building to verify the size of the Barrett Green Smart Water Valve™ needed and installation requirements.  Then, we will arrange for a shared savings agreement that best meets your needs.  It’s that simple.