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.

  EventEmitter = require('events'),
  tessel = require('tessel')

const pin = tessel.port.A.pin[4]

class PulseReader extends EventEmitter {  
  constructor() {
    this.previous = false
    setInterval(() => {
    }, 50) // Read impulse every 50 ms

  // Give a short blue LED blink to signal that an pulse is detected.
  blink() {
    setTimeout(function () {
    }, 100);

  read() {
    pin.read((error, value) => {
      if (error) {
        console.error("Error reading analog input: " + error)
      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.previous = val

module.exports = PulseReader

It can be used like this:

let d = new Database()  
let p = new PulseReader()

p.on('value', (value) => {  

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