Archive for January, 2017

Save the Date – Water 2.0 Conference – Tues 4/25 Foxboro MA

Posted on January 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Today we are proud to announce the next event in our Water 2.0 Conference series.  We are taking our event to Foxboro, Massachusetts to the offices of GE Digital.  The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

Water Enters the Digital Era: Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers










GE Digital
325 Foxboro Blvd
Foxboro, MA 02035

Please contact Vincent Caprio to request a registration form

Questions in regard to the event may be directed to:
Vincent Caprio


Indianapolis, Poised to Showcase Smart Choices for Water, Energy and Transportation
Our Water Counts Blog
By Erik Hromadka

Fresh Water for First Nations – Part 2
Our Water Counts Blog
By Jordan Lane Gilmore

Top 10 Water Resolutions for 2017
Our Water Counts Blog
By Vincent Caprio

Fresh Water for First Nations – Part 1
Our Water Counts Blog
By Jordan Lane Gilmore

Cheers to World Soil Day
Our Water Counts Blog
By Jim Lauria

Smart Cities: Promising, Complex and Coming Soon
Our Water Counts Blog
By Vincent Caprio

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GE’s Water & Process Technologies To Upgrade Chinese Wastewater Treatment Plant
Water Online

Itron to Improve Water Efficiency and Modernize Distribution System in Nova Scotia Capital
Business Wire

We had a Water 2.0 Event in Indianapolis last November 16th.  Indy has a robust technology cluster.
How Indianapolis, Long Known as a Manufacturing Center, is Luring Tech Talent
The New York Times

Florida DEP Awards $1 Million to Bay County for Beneficial Water Reuse Project

Texas Woman Receives $3000 Water Bill

Fresno State grant to assist water technology entrepreneurs
The Fresno Bee

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Solve California’s Water Woes?
Wall Street Pit

Water for everyone – at any price
The Huffington Post

Looking forward to seeing you in Foxboro on Tuesday, April 25th!

NanoBCA Recommends NNCO Webinars – Weds 1/18 and Weds 1/25

Posted on January 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following NNCO webinars.

Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Enabling Next-Generation Water Monitoring Systems
Date:  Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time:  3PM – 4PM ET







The development of next-generation water monitoring systems is an essential element of ensuring a safe and abundant water supply. Yet, currently less than 30% of the Nation’s surface water bodies are assessed by EPA, states, or tribes, partly because of the high cost of traditional fixed-station water quality monitoring.

In this webinar, panelists will discuss the current state of and future opportunities related to water monitoring. Justin Mattingly (Water Environment & Reuse Foundation) will describe water monitoring needs related to reuse, and this broad overview will be followed by two specific use cases: Nick Dokoozlian (E&J Gallo Winery) will describe his work with distributed sensors for improved grape yield and water use efficiency, and Daniel Barta (NASA) will speak in technical detail about the water monitoring needs aboard spacecraft.

NanoEHS Webinar Series:
The Utility of Alternative Testing Strategies in Nanotechnology Health and Safety Evaluations
Featuring CEIN’s Dr. Andre Nel
Date:  Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time:  2PM – 3PM ET









Research over the past 15 years has led to significant progress in understanding the potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanomaterials, generating an impressive body of literature and test data. However, keeping pace with the rapid development and diversity of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and nanotechnology-enabled products will require considerable advances in risk assessment methodologies.

Many factors impact future directions: enhanced ability to rapidly screen large numbers of chemical substances, reducing the use of animals in toxicity testing, and inventing new approaches and tools that improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying adverse responses. These factors have been key drivers in creating a paradigm shift from conventional descriptive approaches for chemical hazard assessment. Twenty-first century risk assessment is moving toward methods based on an understanding of cellular response pathways that, when triggered by a chemical substance, could initiate key biological events that lead to adverse outcomes at the individual or population level. This new paradigm, relying on non-vertebrate, alternative testing strategies (ATS), utilizes mechanism-based in vitro assays and in silico predictive tools for expedited screening of the hazard potential of chemical substances and ENMs at significantly less cost.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative is pleased to announce the next event in the NEHI Working Group’s EHS Webinar Series, and welcomes Dr. Andre Nel, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the NSF- and EPA-funded Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. Dr. Nel will describe the recent scientific advancements in developing alternative testing strategies. Dr. Nel, an internationally recognized leader and innovator in nanomedicine, will demonstrate, by way of a few key examples (such as carbon nanotubes), the utility of ATS for mechanism-based high-throughput and high-content screening. This mechanism-based approach relies on adverse outcome pathways for ranking and profiling ENMs. Dr. Nel’s presentation will describe how the connection between a molecular initiating event, tied to ENMs’ physicochemical properties, and key intermediary responses can be linked to apical health outcomes. Dr. Nel will also address how data can be used for dose- and exposure-relevant tiered risk assessment, as well as data acquisition and submission for regulatory consideration.


Webinar viewers will be able to submit questions for the speaker to answer during the Q&A period. Submitted questions will be considered in the order received and may be posted on the NNI website. A moderator will identify relevant questions and pose them to the speakers. Due to time constraints, some questions may be grouped and some may not be addressed during the webinar.


Watch: The Next Step in Nanotechnology
TED Talk – Wireless Design & Development

EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials
Bergeson & Campbell PC

People from around the world are teaming up with Solve MIT to address challenges on Refugee Education, Carbon, and Chronic Diseases. Will you join the thousands of other innovators and technologists in solving the world’s greatest challenges? If your solution has the potential for impact and is selected by our judges, you’ll be invited to Solve at United Nations in New York City to pitch to expert judges and a live audience!
– The deadline to submit is January 20, 2017.
– Visit to submit your solution.


Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio or 203-733-1949 to discuss.


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, January 26th at 2PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $150.

Once again, we hope you will be able to participate in these upcoming NNCO webinars.

Top 10 Water Resolutions for 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized | 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.











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

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