Water Technology


Photo by R. Nial Bradshaw, Flickr. The recent contamination of drinking water in Corpus Christi is a reminder that the United States has a water infrastructure problem. Pipes are corroding, monitoring systems are out of date, and many of the biggest health issues are below the surface and very hard to detect until something goes wrong. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s drinking water systems are nearing the end of their life. Fixing this issue has a large price tag – $ 1 trillion – for the country to maintain standards of public health using traditional methods of replacing and repairing pipes. “There is no way we can really catch up,” says Bart Bohn, head of The University of Texas at Austin’s new water technology incubator, part of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). “So, how do we extend the life of the existing infrastructure and reduce the cost of new infrastructure? We think the fastest way to do that is with digital technology.” The startup specialists at ATI believe Central Texas, which is already a hotspot for startups, is poised to be the future leader in water innovation that can improve health and save taxpayers money. “Nationally on average we lose about 25 percent of our water. It just leaks away. Which is infuriating because we spend a lot of money and time to get it clean, and then it leaks out of our pipes. That is really costly,” Bohn says.   By adding new sensors and software to monitor existing water systems, companies can test for problems regularly, catch them early and identify precise points of failure. These new technologies can help answer consumers’ concerns about the cost and quality of drinking water. “There are not a lot of direct spots for water utilities to test the water and have direct knowledge of its quality. So sensors, communications and analytics are essential to make sure we can test the quality and make sure we are providing clean, safe water for everyone.” With current low-tech systems, we don’t know about most leaks until they are a problem. “On top of that, issues like Flint Michigan or the recent incident in Corpus Christi could have been more proactively addressed,” he says.   ATI Water launched earlier this year. Their goal is to accelerate the development of innovative water technologies. The program has already brought in $ 1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the City of Austin and startup leader Pecan St. Inc. “We expect that this new cluster will result in dozens of new innovative water technology companies, at least 100 new water-technology-focused jobs and millions...

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REDONDO BEACH, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2016 / BioLargo, Inc. (BLGO), owner and developer of the breakthrough AOS (Advanced Oxidation System), a low-energy high-efficiency clean water technology, announced the start of a relationship with Chicago Bridge & Iron, NV (NYSE:CBI). According to the press release and a number of recent interviews with BioLargo’s President & CEO, Dennis P. Calvert, the new relationship was formed to support the commercialization of BioLargo’s proprietary technology and to provide independent performance verification. BioLargo also reports the AOS has been proven to disinfect and decontaminate water better, faster and at a lower cost than any other competing technology. Based on the breadth and significance of the technical performance claims for its AOS, BioLargo has a broad range of commercial opportunities for large industrial applications that must contend with water such as: maritime ballast water management systems, wastewater treatment, environmental remediation, food safety, oil & gas, mining, and agriculture. Its future uses also promise to impact the drinking water industry, including municipal, home use, and emerging nations. The company is also busy commercializing its new “CupriDyne Clean”, an industrial odor control product launched last May. The company reports that the product is so effective and low-cost it is gaining rapid traction through trials with leaders within the waste handling industry and that it has had some early sales. Management believes sales will continue to climb, as they finalize supplier agreements with large multi-location customer accounts. CupriDyne Clean may also have an important role to play in industries that contend with volatile organic compounds like hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that impact air quality and safety. Dennis P. Calvert, President & CEO of BioLargo commented, “All of our technologies at BioLargo can serve a wide array of industrial customers that want clean water and clean air. Our mission to ‘Make Life Better’ includes helping industry tackle operational challenges cost effectively. That intersection of service is likely where our new relationship with CB&I will shine the brightest and we look forward to working with the exceptional team at CB&I to serve industry.” With more than 40,000 employees, $ 13 billion in annual revenue and over $ 20 billion in future contracts, CB&I is a world-leading engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction company, and a provider of environmental and infrastructure services. CB&I builds oil refineries, liquefied natural gas terminals, wastewater treatment plants, offshore platforms, and power plants. CB&I is also the world’s largest tank construction company and builds tanks for the oil & gas, mining, water, and wastewater industries. The company also remediates hazardous waste problems. Clean water and clean air are at the heart of many of industries...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Plan Collection is a unique designer of affordable and accessible small home plans, floor plans, and home plans that provides home buyers with a realistic, detailed view of a home. The company lists four must-have smart home features. Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161208/447309LOGO A smart TV as the hub of the household. Today, the TV is being viewed as something more than just the box that entertains you with programs, movies, and sports. A number of home control systems use a type of smart hub to control smart technology—and the TV is moving into the forefront of this technology. The TV can be used to control things like thermostats, lights, locks, cameras, and sensors. Water solutions using smart technology. Smart water technology actually teaches the home owner how to save water—and money—inside the home in the form of a smart showerhead that employs LED lighting to alert the user how much water us being used. Outside of the home, smart technology can be used to control pressure regulation on sprinklers, which adjust the time they are on based on lawn conditions. Zone-based or programmable thermostats. Use a smart phone or tablet to turn the heat up or down remotely. When no one is home, the thermostat will return to energy-saving mode. Zone-based thermostats will heat only rooms that are occupied using motion sensors. Home security systems. Smart technology incorporated into home security systems allows the homeowner to unlock the door from his or her cell phone for the children, or program the locks to unlock at specific times of the day to allow visitors access. Emails, text messages, or videos can be sent anytime someone enters or leaves the home. And, homeowners can install their own security cameras and connect it to their Wi-Fi network for a DIY home security system. Or, for additional peace of mind, hire a professional monitoring company. The Plan Collection is a unique designer of house plans, floor plans, and home plans. Based on the principle that great design should be affordable to all, The Plan Collection brings a home buyer a realistic and detailed view of a home. Priding itself on superior customer service, The Plan Collection ensures that all of its customers receive individualized attention that caters to each client’s unique and important visions. Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, fishbat, 855-347-4228, press@fishbat.com News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com   SOURCE The Plan Collection watertechnology –...

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📅 Tue December 06, 2016 – National Edition Xylem Inc has launched a new website to provide customers with the option of purchasing Factory Certified Pre-Owned Godwin pumps. Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, has launched a new website to provide customers – for the first time – with the option of purchasing Factory Certified Pre-Owned Godwin pumps. The website features specifications and pricing for more than 100 premium Godwin pumps from Xylem’s U.S. rental fleet, including powerful dewatering pumps from its popular Godwin Dri-Prime CD and HL series, all of which are immediately available for customers in North America to purchase. To receive Xylem’s Factory Certification, each Godwin Dri-Prime pump has to pass a rigorous 50-point inspection process. Additionally, over the life of the pump, it is serviced every 250-hours by Godwin-trained technicians and only genuine Godwin parts are used to maintain factory-level standards of performance. “Customers can now choose from the speed and 24/7 flexibility of renting our pumps, buying them brand new, or the convenience of sourcing pre-owned options online,” said Jackie Helfrich, vice president, Global Strategy and Marketing for Xylem’s dewatering business. “Every pump featured on the site has been part of our own rental fleet and maintained to our exacting factory standards. As we refresh our fleet, customers can easily access the industry-leading reliability and performance that our Godwin brand stands for – at a lower cost of ownership.” In addition to featuring commercial and industrial water and wastewater pumps for the mining, construction and agriculture markets, the site also offers Godwin generators and light towers. Products are sold in “as is” condition and customers have the option of purchasing a six month, 500-hour extended warranty. Purchase Factory Certified Godwin pumps online at sales.xylem.com. watertechnology –...

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is making the leap into water technology market by partnering with South African mobile network, MTN. The two companies are launching a ‘Smart Water Metering solution’ – what is being called the first “Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solution in Africa”. [Native Advertisement] While the ‘Internet of Things’ phrase is commonly being used by manufacturers, referring to technology that is connected to the internet, NB-IoT refers to connecting out of reach objects to the internet by mobile phone connectivity. As part of the project, Huawei will be supplying the NB-IoT technology to transmit data and automatically collect utility meter data, which it said will reduce “high labor costs and missing or inaccurate data”. In a statement, Huawei said: “Through sensors installed in water meters, customers can identify water pipeline leakage earlier. Household water meters will automatically report data on a regular basis, reducing fault probabilities and the operating expense.” As utilities evolve to gather more data on water consumption habits, the smart technology space is growing with companies looking to find a way in. Across Europe alone, smart water meter deployments are expected to increase by 27% over the next ten years. In August water technology company Xylem acquired US company Sensus for US$ 1.7bn, marking a company move into the data and analytical space (read story). The Smart Water Metering service from MTN/Huawei will be commercially deployed in 2017. Following the commercial trial of the smart water metering technology, MTN said it will be looking to adapt the NB-IoT solution to other areas, such as parking, agriculture and wildlife tracking. Babak Fouladi, group chief technology and information officer at Huawei, said: “NB-IoT is viewed by the industry as the answer for enterprise applications in a range of different areas, from utility meters to sensor monitoring to asset-tracking.” Jacky Chen, managing director of Huawei MTN Key Account Group, said: “The number of cellular IoT connections in Africa will grow seven-fold over the next three to four years, and NB-IoT will be a key driver for this trend.” ### Read more Non-revenue water to drive utility smart meter adoption by 28% Hooking up London to smart meters Xylem Inc. to acquire Sensus watertechnology –...

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At this year’s Big 5 event Danube Group showcasing a range of new products from its brand Milano. These include water purifiers, which have been introduced in the Middle-East market to give people the pure drinking water anytime at home. They ensure that the water is safe to drink keeping the taste and the composition intact. Milano will also showcase the newly improved Florence water heaters as well as its portfolio of building and interior home products such as faucets, sanitary ware, bath fittings. Etc. Advertisement Anis Sajan, managing director, (pictured) said: “We have been part of the Big 5 for years now and it has been an extremely good experience for us. It is undoubtedly the biggest convention in the UAE, which not only bring companies from the UAE but also the GCC and the wider North African region.” watertechnology –...

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