Water metering

Works in progress! I'm not done with migrating this setup to Homey yet!

This article describes the setup of digitally measuring water usage, using a tessel.io microcontroller.

Choosing the correct water meter

You are not allowed to install a water meter yourself. In dialog with the waterworks, ro replace or install a water meter you need to ask for a water meter that can support digital readings.

In Trondheim, Norway, Øwre-Johnsen as delivers the water meters allowed to be installed.

In dialoge with Øwre-Johnsen as, I ended up installing Elster V200 (KVM-T). In addition I ordered and installed the Falcon PR6 pulse module. This one you can install your self.

Reading the pulse

I chose to use a tessel.io microcontroller, because it has both analog and digital gpio ports that is very easy to interact with using javascript.

The Falcon PR6 contains a battery and gives a digital impulse every liter user detected. Connect the black wire to GND and the yellow to one of the numbered PINs.

And when/if you order a Tessel 2, remember to also order a set of jumper wiresthat fits.

Here is a class to read the pulse indicating one liter used.

const
EventEmitter = require('events'),
tessel = require('tessel')
const pin = tessel.port.A.pin[4]
class PulseReader extends EventEmitter {
constructor() {
super()
this.previous = false
setInterval(() => {
this.read()
}, 50) // Read impulse every 50 ms
}
// Give a short blue LED blink to signal that an pulse is detected.
blink() {
blue.on()
setTimeout(function () {
blue.off()
}, 100);
}
read() {
pin.read((error, value) => {
if (error) {
console.error("Error reading analog input: " + error)
return
}
let val = (value === 0)
// Emit a value event every time a digital pulse is detected
// Will discard all subsequent readins from the same pulse
if (val && val !== this.previous) {
this.emit('value', true)
this.blink()
}
this.previous = val
})
}
}
module.exports = PulseReader

It can be used like this:

let d = new Database()
let p = new PulseReader()
p.on('value', (value) => {
d.post(1)
})