Archive for July, 2014

Americans Need to Treat the California Drought as a National Issue

Posted on July 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

By Vincent Caprio

The headlines out of California this past week indicate we have a real problem.

California drought will only get worse, experts say

80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show

California Drought – Weather Coverage of the Region’s Record-Low Rainfall

Drought Report: California to lose $2.2 Billion, 17,100 jobs

California drought:  Ground water has ‘saved our bacon’

Lost in the headlines of international news is a very serious American domestic issue.  California is in a full blown water crisis.  As the Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF), I have the opportunity to speak with American professionals daily.  Last week I was on the phone with four financial professionals from the East Coast and Midwest.  Their opening question was, “What is going on in the Water Industry?”  I responded, “There is a very serious drought in California.”   One of the professionals asked, “Is this issue based on real scientific data or is it like the climate change discussion?”  I responded, “Yes, this is based on real scientific data.  There is a drought of crisis proportion in the state of California.”

The chart of California shows us the affected areas and how severe this drought has become.

CA drought map








How did California and America get into this situation?  The $600 billion-$1 trillion worldwide Water Industry is a fragmented, decentralized Industry.  In America, it is a regional, parochial Industry.  Water authorities in the East and Midwest do not have the mission, mandate or money to help California.  In America we have a national electric grid but we do not have a national water grid.  We do not have a national water strategy.  Eventually, most Americans will have an access to water problem. During this present water crisis, the national news media has not covered this story. They treat it as if it is a regional story.  I find it very interesting that wealthy celebrities fund international water NGO’s, but are ignoring access to water in their own Los Angeles backyard.

Here is the future of water in America coming to your neighborhood.









Please take the time to discuss the California water drought with your friends and elected officials.  Water access is a national issue not a regional issue.

WIAF Water News – Summer Edition

Posted on July 25th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The summer is here and Frank Sinatra’s Summer Wind relates to our Water Industry:

The summer wind, came blowin’ in from across the sea
It lingered there, to touch your hair and walk with me
All summer long, we sang a song and then we strolled that golden sand
Two sweethearts, and the summer wind


Why the California Drought is a National Issue
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

How the Power of Water Can Change the World
Martin Byars
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

A New Look at Urban Water Systems
Ralph Exton
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

EPA Grants $2.1m for Water Quality Projects in Urban Communities
Processing Magazine

Local Governments Disagree on Extended Clean Water Act Regulation
Processing Magazine

What Would Happen If You Drank Water From The Gowanus Canal?
Popular Science

80% of California is Now in Extreme Drought, New Data Show
Los Angeles Times

California’s Drought is the ‘Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen’ and the Effects Will Be Severe
Business Insider

Western U.S. States Using Up Groundwater at an Alarming Rate
Science – AAAS

Drought Report: California to Lose $2.2 Billion, 17,100 Jobs

Nation’s Seventh-Largest Water Utility Adopts InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Innovyze News

Scientists Capture Snapshots of Water Splitting during Photosynthesis
Tech Times

States Partner to Spur Innovation in New Industries

Introducing the GE QuickPanel+
The Operator Interface for the Industrial Internet

GE’s Water Business to Acquire UK-Based Monsal; Expands Wastewater Offering and Provides Capabilities to Generate Renewable Energy from Biosolids and Biowaste
The Wall Street Journal

Nearly Half of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill
CBS Detroit

25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources
Zero Hedge

Do You Check Expiration Dates?
GE Intelligent Platforms Blog

Forrester: Top Technology Trends for 2014 and Beyond
Sensors and Devices Draw Ecosystems Together


Water Innovations Alliance Foundation Upcoming Event






Watts Water Technologies Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call – Live Webcast
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program is announcing two listening session webinars as part of an effort to redesign the current DfE Label. The listening sessions are geared toward stakeholders and the opening of an online forum to provide input on possible label design concepts. The listening sessions are part of a multi-step process to gather partner, stakeholder and public input on the designs. This feedback will help guide the selection of a new DfE label that better communicates that products meeting EPA’s Standard for Safer Products are safer for human health and the environment.

Learn more about the DfE Safer Product Label Redesign effort at:

Register for webinars no later than 11:59 p.m., EDT, on Friday, August 1, 2014.

The webinars will be held on:

Monday, August 4, 2014
1:00-2:00pm ET

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
1:00-2:00pm ET

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

GE 2014 User Summit
October 27-30th, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

Enjoy your summer reading.  See you in the fall.


Vincent Caprio
Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation

NanoBCA News – Mid-Summer Edition

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  Our nanotechnology community continues to be a driver in America’s economy and produce commercialization breakthroughs.  I hope you have a chance to read through the majority of these articles.


OCSiAl Unprecedented Deal for Sale of 100kg of SWCNT with ACN of Korea

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company D-Wave Systems Closes $28.4 Million Financing

IBM: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon

Harris & Harris Group Invests in UberSeq, Inc.

Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation

Xanofi Launches “Reshaping” 3D Cell Scaffold – XanoMatrix ™

Flextronics Expands Open Innovation Platform with HzO Technology for Liquid and Corrosion Protection

NY Invests $135M in Nanotechnology Initiative with GE, Other Companies
Daily News

FY 2014: Ben Franklin Approved $6.6 Million in 37 Companies

10 Surprising Ways Nanotechnology is Climbing into Your Life


The National Nanotechnology Initiative Releases Progress Review on Environmental, Health & Safety Research

Federal Register Vol. 79 No. 99 Thursday, May 22, 2014Part IV Office of Management and Budget

FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products


NanoViricides, Inc. Grand Opening Ceremony
Monday, July 21, 2014
1 Controls Drive, Shelton, CT 06484
NanoViricides, Inc. has built Connecticut’s first and only nanomedicines product manufacturing facility in Shelton, CT.  To join them at the opening ceremony please RSVP at the following link

I will be speaking at the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum on Sunday, August 17th:
Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum
Workshop – Scalable Nanomanufacturing: Benchmarks, Standards and Metrics for Fabrication and Integration of 3D Nanostructures
An ASME Event
August 17-20, 2014
Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization Workshop
Nanotechnology Signature Initiative
Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology:
Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment
September 11-12, 2014
Room 375, Stafford I, National Science Foundation

Graphene World Summit
September 15-16, 2014
The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Berkeley, CA

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

GE 2014 User Summit
Making the Industrial Internet Real
October 27-30, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, FL

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, July 31st at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

Enjoy the summer!  I am looking forward to seeing you this fall.


Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

Happy 4th of July from WIAF and NanoBCA

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »








Have a happy 4th of July.
Enjoy the Water. Remember Clean Water is not free and we must work hard to preserve America’s Water supply.