Can this $24 device help you be more water-wise? We decided to find out


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Adam Tschorn

The overarching goal of the Flume app, which also can be accessed via a desktop computer after initial setup, is to heighten water-use awareness. (As former L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti noted in the press release announcing the program in September 2022: “[I]t can be hard to manage what you can’t measure.”)

One way the Flume app accomplished that was by providing a minute-to-minute, day-to-day look at how much water was being used around my home overall instead of the bimonthly snapshot found in the bimonthly LADWP bill. (Easy-to-understand graphics in the app track each day’s usage, breaking it down hour by hour and making it easy to compare current to historical usage.)