Top 10 Water Resolutions for 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

As abundant as the clean water flowing from your tap may seem to be, it is a finite resource, and one too precious for anyone to waste. Over time, America’s need for water will only grow as our finite supplies are called upon to serve as many people as possible.

water with handIn 1965 when my parents had moved to the suburbs and my mom purchased her first dishwasher, the American population was 180 million. Today, that population is 325 million utilizing an old decaying Water Infrastructure.

Let’s add saving water to our list of resolutions.  The topic of water in America has increased during the last 5 years.  Water conservation is “in” due to numerous water crises in the United States:  a 5 year drought in California, a 2016 Northeast drought, flooding in the Midwest, flooding in South Carolina and North Carolina and various water problems throughout our nation.

Whether you are a municipal water supply professional, part of the water industry, organization or a concerned community member, there are easy resolutions we can make in 2017.  If we each commit to small conservation efforts, then we can have large impacts for the future of our water supply.  This year we have created 10 resolutions to put us one step further towards saving our water.

In 2017,

1.  Become a Water Advocate
In your community, attempt to raise the consciousness of individuals in regard to America’s water infrastructure issues.  As an advocate, continue to discuss water infrastructure repair with your First Selectman, Mayor, Congressmen and any other elected officials.  President-elect Trump and Secretary Clinton, during their Presidential campaigns, discussed infrastructure repair.  Let’s continue the discussion with our elected leaders and within your community.

2.  Fix any dripping faucets
Leaking faucets that drip at 1 drop per second can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water each year.  Make 2017 the year we put that number to better use.

3. Repair or replace leaky toilets
Older toilets can use three gallons of clean water with every flush, while newer toilets use as little as one gallon.  This small change will help to reduce water waste in your household.  It makes a difference.  My water bill decreased after replacing 3 toilets.

4.  Shorten shower time
Reducing your shower time from ten minutes to five minutes could save an average of about six gallons of water a day.  If you lose track of time in the shower, then you can time yourself by how many songs play while you are in there.  Try to get your shower time down to one or two songs.  I have convinced my 19 year old daughter to reduce her shower time from 30 minutes to 20 minutes.  Trust me it was not easy!  She went off to college this past fall and my water bill was reduced by $30 per month.  It does make a difference.

5.  Turn off tap while washing hands, shaving and brushing teeth
Running the tap while you wash your hands, shave or brush your teeth can waste up to 5 gallons of water each day.  In 2017, resolve to turn the faucet off while cleaning your pearly whites.

6.  Run washing machine and dishwasher full.  Set correct load levels.
It is easy to get in the habit of starting to clean clothes or dishes when there are only a few items.  By waiting until you have a full load you could save up to 3,400 gallons of water a year.  Holding off until you have a full load also has the added benefit of saving you 25% to 50% of the energy of small loads.

7.  Switch to water-conserving showerheads, faucets, washers and toilets
This takes time and money for the homeowner.  However, you can either pay now or pay later.

8.  Reuse water
Reusing water at home is easier than you might think; all it takes is an awareness of how and when you are using water.  For example, use the water from the dehumidifier to water your house plants.  Consciously ask yourself where water can be used before you pour it down the drain.

9.  Cut back on drinking bottled water
In 2016 bottled water outsold soda in America.  Sadly, 5 out of 6 empty water bottles end up in the landfill.  Get drinking water from a pitcher kept chilled in the refrigerator.

10.  Recycle. Recycle, recycle
One of the best ways to conserve water is to buy recycled goods, as well as, recycling your own goods.  It takes about 100 gallons of water to grow and process a single pound of cotton.  By recycling, we can make that number stretch over multiple items.

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WATER NEWS

CES 2017: Samsung unveils four-in-one laundry system
Deccan Chronicle

Global Water Technologies releases annual shareholder letter

Water-short Singapore charts a course toward self-sufficiency
The Christian Science Monitor

Editorial: Why This Matters & What I Believe This Means For The US: DOE Secretary Rick Perry
Corridor News

Forecasting Las Vegas’ future, from new roads to pro sports
Las Vegas Sun

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Let’s continue to increase our mindfulness in regard to water conservation in 2017.  Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from Water 2.0!

Posted on December 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

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Happy Holidays from NanoBCA!

Posted on December 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

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GE’s Water & Process Technologies Expands Digital Capabilities With Multiple Analytics Agreements

Posted on December 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

GE’s Water & Process Technologies Expands Digital Capabilities With Multiple Analytics Agreements

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  • Agreements with WaterSmart Software and Smart Earth Technologies Improve App Development Capabilities
  • New Apps Aim to Connect Consumers and Utilities in Mutually Beneficial Ways

In an ever-increasingly connected world, almost all processes rely on some form of digital capability. The water industry is no exception. To further the creation of digital solutions that address pressing issues in water distribution and management, GE’s Water & Process Technologies has entered into cooperation agreements with two leading water analytics and water technology providers, WaterSmart Software and Smart Earth Technologies (SET).

“Using data, remote control and analytics, we are working to transform the way water utilities operate, helping them run more efficiently while also improving the service and value they provide to consumers,” said Ralph Exton, chief marketing officer, GE’s Water & Process Technologies. “Working with WaterSmart and SET, we will bring together their deep domain expertise and analytics technologies in unique ways to address these needs and add new value streams for water utilities.”

With these agreements, Water & Process Technologies will help improve water utility efficiencies and enhance consumer engagement for customers by developing and evolving applications on its existing InSight* asset performance management (APM) platform.

The joint applications being developed include digital consumer communication and engagement tools that deliver billing information, leak identification, remote valve control, resolution notifications and deep insights into water usage. This information will make it easier for consumers to understand their water consumption habits, save money and protect their property from costly water damage. For utilities, these customer self-service applications will reduce the cost to service consumer accounts by proactively addressing customer concerns, minimizing the need for on-site visits and improving payment performance.

“At WaterSmart, our proven customer engagement and analytics platform helps strengthen relationships between a utility and its customers by connecting them through proactive data insights and enabling the customer to take control of their water spend,” said Robin Gilthorpe, chief executive officer, WaterSmart. “We also stimulate customer engagement and satisfaction by enabling them to choose the time and method to receive key information from the utility. These capabilities will further scale Water & Process Technologies’ digital solutions to best serve its global water utility customers.”

As it continues to build out its digital capabilities, Water & Process Technologies also is helping to shape the future of the water industry by creating a more connected and informed environment for municipalities and utilities.

“Having an in-depth understanding of how, when and where water is used can provide invaluable insights for both utilities and consumers,” said David Duncan, chief executive officer, SET. “Working with Water & Process Technologies, we will be able to utilize digital capabilities and industry expertise to create an engaging and mutually beneficial solution for consumers and utilities to better manage and control water consumption.”

The consumer application development initiative adds to Water & Process Technologies suite of software proof of concepts currently under development. Previously announced proof of concepts include a pipeline health solution with American Water and a storm and sewer overflows solution with MWH Global.

About Water & Process Technologies
With operations in 130 countries and employing over 7,500 people worldwide, GE’s Water & Process Technologies applies its innovations, expertise and global capabilities to solve customers’ toughest water and process challenges. It offers a comprehensive set of chemical and equipment solutions, as well as predictive analytics, to enhance water, wastewater and process productivity. Water & Process Technologies strives to enable customers to meet increasing demands for clean water, overcome scarcity challenges, strengthen environmental stewardship and comply with regulatory requirements.

About GE
GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. For more information, visit www.ge.com

About WaterSmart Software
WaterSmart Software provides intelligence beyond the meter to make the lives of water utility managers easier. Water providers using WaterSmart’s cloud-based, customer engagement and analytics platform have been proven to reduce costs, protect revenue, and increase customer satisfaction by more than 35%. WaterSmart recently won the globally coveted World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers Award for their potential to “significantly impact business and society through the design, development and implementation of new technologies and innovation.” Come help us change the way the world uses water. For more information, visit www.watersmart.com

About Smart Earth Technologies
Smart Earth Technologies provides utilities and consumers with a versatile solution for managing and controlling water service through its SETflow valve control platform. SETflow hardware devices enable integrated wireless valve control, hourly meter reading, water sensor monitoring, and all over the latest generation LTE low-power cellular networks. By removing the complexity of building and managing a proprietary communications network, SET empowers water utilities by de-risking and dramatically lowering the investments required to deliver near-real time data and control of water service throughout a water utilities distribution network. For more information, visit www.smartearth.net.

Final Agenda – Energy & Water Infrastructure Conference 12/1 DC

Posted on November 30th, 2016 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 is excited to announce the FINAL AGENDA for:

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Energy & Water Infrastructure Conference: 2017 and Beyond
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Washington DC

CONFERENCE LOCATION

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Polsinelli PC
1401 Eye Street, Northwest
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

 
The Energy, Water and Manufacturing Industries are preparing for the most significant changes since 2008 with the election of President-elect Trump.  President-elect Trump has made a call for an ambitious $1 Trillion infrastructure program – “highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals” – a key part of his acceptance remarks on Wednesday, November 9th.

Join us in the discussion of these Public Policy changes as it relates to the Energy, Water and Manufacturing Industries.

REGISTER TODAY
Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
203-733-1949
vincent@water2.org

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AGENDA

8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00  Matthew E. Ross, LEED AP, Polsinelli PC

9:00-9:30  Scott Livingston, CEO, Livingston Securities

9:30-10:30  Digital Transformation for the Water Industry
Prasad Pai, Manager, Automation Software, GE Digital
Maryanne McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy
– Gray Matter Systems, Jonathan Litchman, Founder, The Providence Group

Emerging Water Technologies
10:30-11:00  Harvey Kaye, Chairman of the Board, Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc.
11:00-11:30  Greg Westbrook, Chief Executive Officer, ClearCove Systems

11:30-12:15  Spotlight on Technology Solutions
Jason Derleth, White Roof Homes
– Theo Margas, CEO, Hundz Soil

12:15-1:00  Lunch and Networking

1:00-1:30  View from the Hill
Tracy Hammond, Senior Policy Advisor, Polsinelli PC

1:30-2:15  Public Private Partnerships
Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director, Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials, OSTP
Philip H. Lippel, Ph.D., Assistant Director, MIT Washington Office

2:15-2:30  Changing the Way that Innovation is Financed on Wall Street
Scott Livingston, CEO, Livingston Securities

2:30-3:30  Information Technology & New Business Models
Bill Potvin, UZURV
Matt Colbert, Spend Consciously

3:30-4:00  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Author of Social Knowledge

4:00-4:30  NASA as a Driver of Emerging Technologies
Charles Miller, Space Policy Group

4:30-5:00  Infrastructure Repair: Barriers to Entry
The Honorable Kelly H. Carnes, President & CEO, TechVision21
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0/Our Water Counts

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington DC on December 1st!

Save the Date: Energy & Water Infrastructure Conference 12/1 DC

Posted on November 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Today Water 2.0 is proud to announce:

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Energy & Water Infrastructure Conference: 2017 and Beyond
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Washington DC

The Energy, Water and Manufacturing Industries are preparing for the most significant changes since 2008 with the election of President-elect Trump.

President-elect Trump has made a call for an ambitious $1 Trillion infrastructure program — “highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals” — a key part of his acceptance remarks on Wednesday, November 9th.

Join us in the discussion of these Public Policy changes as it relates to the Energy, Water and Manufacturing Industries.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

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Polsinelli PC
1401 Eye Street, Northwest
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

REGISTER TODAY
Please contact Vincent Caprio to register vincent@water2.org

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
203-733-1949
vincent@water2.org

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington DC on December 1st!

2016 Indianapolis Water 2.0 Conference Photos

Posted on November 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

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Smart Cities: Promising, Complex and Coming Soon

Posted on November 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Smart Cities:  Promising, Complex and Coming Soon
Written by Vincent Caprio

Smart-CitiesYou have certainly heard about smart city projects.  They help preserve water in California.  In Sweden they make waste disposal more efficient.  And if you cannot find a parking spot in Barcelona, the IoT (Internet of Things) system can be of great service.  I could name dozens of other examples as I am sure all of you could as well.  Because we hear “Smart City” almost as often as we hear “Kardashian” these days.

Smart city projects are in their infancy and promise to grow both in terms of the issues addressed and the complexity of the technologies used to offer smart solutions.  There will be fits and starts, successes and failures, but the long slow march of technology will move forward and our cities will transform before our eyes.

Creating Smart Cities is Complex, Technically, Politically and Socially
The challenges that face smart city projects are not only technical in nature, they also require political and social adoption, not to mention entrepreneurial vision and vigor.  A city is a complex organism.  It is a place where thousands or even millions of people coexist to work, live, and raise families.

The quest to improve our cities is why we have urban planners and social scientists.  It is why we hold elections.  These fields of disparate focus and expertise exist to avoid poor policy by assessing what potential unintended effects might be of any given new technology.  Demos Helsinki’s (a Nordic non-profit research and development organization) Mikko Annala explains that turning cities “smart” requires systematic engagement of those who are expected to live in these environments.  “Without end-user testing and systematic learning, it is practically impossible to plan a smart city that is loved by its inhabitants.”

The nascent nature of the deployment of smart city technologies will naturally be accompanied by awkward moments and some unintended consequences, but these bumps in the road will give way to great efficiencies and cost savings over the longer term.  It is not that difficult, in theory, to connect every water pump, every traffic light, and every bus so they would create a wealth of data.  However, much work must be done to leverage the troves of data that are collected in a politically and socially expedient manner.

The End Goal
The end goal is to create and live in cities that function efficiently and make the lives of its citizens better by leveraging ever emerging technologies.  Cities that, by their very design, facilitate the growth of a healthy society and economy.  Creating smart cities requires planning and public private partnerships with corporations carrying a heavy load given their skills and expertise, but with the strategic input from political and social sectors as well.  The smart cities of tomorrow will be created through a complex engagement of diverse stakeholders.

Final Agenda – Water 2.0 Conference 11/16 Indianapolis IN

Posted on November 9th, 2016 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 is excited to announce the FINAL AGENDA for our:

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Water 2.0 Conference: Digital Transformation for the Water Industry
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CONFERENCE LOCATION

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Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
2700 Market Tower
10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

REGISTER TODAY
Please email vincent@water2.org  to request a Water 2.0 Conference registration form.

Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 – Digital Transformation for the Water Industry Conference will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

AGENDA
9:00-9:30  The Keys to Technology Deployment
David T. McGimpsey
, Of Counsel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

9:30-10:00  Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.
Saketh Thanneeru, Applications Engineer, AquiSense Technologies

10:00-10:30  Alan Hinchman, Vice President of Water/Wastewater, Gray Matter Systems

10:30-11:00  Can General Electric Really Innovate Like a Water Start-Up?
Adam R. Tank, Digital Water Leader – GE Water & Distributed Power, GE Power & Water

11:00-11:30  Smart Metering: Commitment to Technology
Mark McKoy
, Senior Director Corporate Revenue Management & NJ Customer Operations, SUEZ Water

11:30-Noon  Sally Gutierrez, Director, Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program, Office of Research & Development, US EPA

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00-1:30  Emerging Issues with Plastics for Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation and New Construction: Pipes, Coatings, Liners and Composites
Dr. Andrew Whelton, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering & Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University

1:30-2:00  Energy & Water – The Ultimate Partnership
Maryanne McGowan
, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

2:00-2:30  Megan Glover, CoFounder & CEO, 120WaterAudit

2:30-3:00  Stephen Singer P.E., President, Singer Environmental Inc.

3:00-3:30  Utilizing SMART Flushing and System Monitoring Tools to Improve Water Quality
Harold Mosley, Product Brand Manager I, Marketing, Mueller Co., LLC

3:30-4:00  Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Author of Social Knowledge

4:00-4:30  The Science and Technology of Behavior Change: How Social Marketing Can Protect Water
Jill Hoffman, Founder, Clear Choices Clean Water

4:30-5:00  Trump Presidency: Public Policy Technology Changes
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

SPEAKERS

Indy-speakers-photo-box-2Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
203-733-1949
vincent@water2.org

Looking forward to seeing you on November 16th in Indianapolis.

Agenda Announcement – Water 2.0 Conference 11/16 Indianapolis IN

Posted on October 31st, 2016 | No Comments »

Water 2.0 is proud to announce the AGENDA for our:

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Water 2.0 Conference: Digital Transformation for the Water Industry
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CONFERENCE LOCATION

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Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
2700 Market Tower
10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

REGISTER TODAY
Attached you will find a Water 2.0 Conference registration form.
Please complete and email back to vincent@water2.org

Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 – Digital Transformation for the Water Industry Conference will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

AGENDA
9:00-9:30  David T. McGimpsey, Of Counsel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

9:30-10:00  Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

10:00-10:30  Alan Hinchman, Vice President of Water/Wastewater, Gray Matter Systems

10:30-11:00  Adam R. Tank, Digital Water Leader – GE Water & Distributed Power, GE Power & Water

11:00-11:30  Ed Hackney, Technical Director, Revenue Management, SUEZ Water (invited)

11:30-Noon  Sally Gutierrez, Director, Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program, Office of Research & Development, US EPA

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00-1:30  Jonathan Litchman, Founder, The Providence Group (invited)

1:30-2:00  Maryanne McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

2:00-2:30  Harvey Kaye, Chairman of the Board, Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc (invited)

2:30-3:00  Stephen Singer P.E., President, Singer Environmental Inc.

3:00-3:30  Harold Mosley, Product Brand Manager I, Marketing, Mueller Co., LLC

3:30-4:00  Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Author of Social Knowledge

4:00-4:30  Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Executive Director & Conference Chair

4:30-5:00  TBD

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

Speakers for the Water 2.0 Conference: Digital Transformation for the Water Industry include:

Indy-speakers-photo-box-1Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio
203-733-1949
vincent@water2.org

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Looking forward to seeing you in Indianapolis on November 16th!