Sunday, April 14, 2013

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Water Innovation: Imagine H2O 4th Annual Prize Competition

What is Imagine H2O? 
A nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people to turn water challenges into opportunities. Located in San Francisco. Each year for the past four year Imagine H2O holds an annual buisness plan competition. 

  • In 2012, the competition was focused on wastewater innovation and Bilexys (uses a technology that converts wastewater into chemicals which can then be reused in the treatment process, reducing the need to purchase them separately) was the competition winner. 
  • In 2011, the competition was focused on water and energy and HydroVolts (portable floating turbines that make renewable energy and clean water from an untapped global resource of hydrokinetic energy in water canals.) was the winner.
  • In 2009, the competition was focused on water efficiency and Fruiton Sciences (technology-enabled information business that offers a solution for winemakers and vineyard managers who want to produce top quality, sustainably armed wines, year after year) won the competition.

What is this year’s challenge?

This years focus was innovation within the consumer water sector. This subject was choose because of the below water challenges facing populations world wide:
  • Dwindling Water Supply
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Rising costs of treatment and distribution 

Related Facts:
  • Since 2004, 62 Million Americans exposed to drinking water that did not meet guideline to protect people from cancer or serious disease.
  • 24 major metropolitan areas have detected traces of pharmaceutical chemicals and hormones in drinking water.
  • 40% potential reduction in US residential water consumption.
  • 10,000 gallons of water lost annually at an average American Home due to leaks.
Pre Revenue Track 

Led by a team of Haitian and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, Dlo Haiti offers a market-based solution providing safe drinking water in Haiti at a price average Haitians can afford.  Dlo Haiti seeks to replace centralized water purification and delivery by truck with a decentralized approach to lower costs and improve water quality.This stainless steel retrofit toilet flapper is designed to address a very basic, yet large, source of lost water. According to the American Water Association, one out of five toilets are leaking today because of faulty toilet flappers.By matching the flow of water to lawn outlines, Innogation's SMARTRotor™ dramatically reduces water used for outdoor irrigation while providing up to 98% distribution uniformity.

biomimicry and nanotechnology company that harvests water from the air, NBD Technologies employs materials science and chemical engineering innovations to create water from the air.A provider of water on the go, ReFresh’s water distribution machines provide bottled water and accept used bottles for a partial refund making drinking water cheaper, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly.Sentinel’s Leak Detections System combines an easy-to-install fixture and control panel that automatically identifies home leaks and shuts off supplies to prevent water damage and loss.
Early Revenue Track

The Jompy water boiler is a simple, easy to use device that allows the user to cook food and boil water simultaneously, so saving on fuel and time spent over an open fire. The Jompy will pasteurize contaminated water reducing the chance of water borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.The HighSierra Showerhead combines a low-profile design that uses 40% less water and a flow control that maintain the feel and experience of a conventional showerhead even at varying pressures.
Mitigating storm water through arched paving bricks, PaveDrain incorporates an arch design in the middle of an articulating concrete block to create an internal storage chamber that can be filled with storm-water runoff while simultaneously providing strength for heavy vehicular loads

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Water Rates to Kick Off the New Year

Updated the Water Rates page to include the following Residential water rate increases. With the new year right around the corner water utilities are ramping up funds for: new water projects, paying off debt, and securing new water resources. Well at least that is the reasoning behind most of the January 1, 2013 residential water rate increases. Another interesting commonality among new water rates are that its not only residential water rates that are increasing sewer rates are also increasing. Sewer rates have been increasing 20% more then water rates increase. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monetary Monday: More Utility Rate Increases

This week I have come across not only more water rate increases but also a new water rate structure. The City of Burbank Water and Power, decided on January 1, 2012 to implement a water rate structure that is tied to revenue. The goal of the new rate structure was to differentiate the use of water by consumers. Therefore they have the most common single family residential service, multi-family residential, commercial and industrial service. But they also have the additional new service installation for new connections, Temporary Service, and Private Fire Service. There residential rates in particular have one of the most interesting fees "water availability charge" which is based on the size of your water meter. The City of Burbank Water and Power also have one of the most expense surcharge list out of any utility.

To see a accumulation of all water rates visit Water Rates.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Future of Water Efficiency??

Came across a TED video on Jeff Fulgrim who works for Banyan Water which changes the traditional water and sewer management systems and provide efficient alternatives. The concept of total water management involving not products, data/control monitoring. They provide tremendous results for their customer (property owner) by cutting water usage, saving money by decreasing water cost, decreasing energy used (decreasing water consumption), reducing the amount of wastewater produced, increasing property value all while  informing the owners (on rate of returns).

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monetary Monday: Accumulation of Water Rate Changes

To attempt to keep track of all of the water rates changes that have been making the news recently I created a new page dedicated to the accumulation of the weekly residential water rate changes. Below is this weeks water rate changes.

Friday, November 23, 2012

How much water did you really consume on Thanksgiving?

Something I never thought about was that to manufacture the water contained in a 1 liter bottle of water it require 7 times more water to produce the product.  That got me thinking… how much water did I consume outside of my water glass at Thanksgiving dinner? Not to mention the carbon footprint of an organic farm is 35% lower CO2 emissions than a non-organic farm.  Sadly only 2% of the US food supply is currently using organic methods.

My water consumption at thanksgiving was roughly: 8,072 gallons of water. Luckily I am a lightweight at the dinner table.

Amount of gallons used to produce each product:
  • 22 gallons – Tomato
  • 30 gallons- Potatoes
  • 36 gallons – Beer (Barley 8 oz)
  • 107 gallons – Corn
  • 154 gallons – Wheat Bread
  • 403 gallons – Rice
  • 573 gallon – Eggs
  • 896 gallons – Cheese
  • 960 gallons – Glass of Wine
  • 1000 gallons – Milk (1 gallon)
  • 1120 gallons – Cup of Coffee
  • 2044 gallons – Butter
  • 5000 gallons – Turkey per pound
  • 21000 gallons – Roasted Coffee Beans  (1 lbs) 

Easy Ways to Save Water: 
  • Low- Flow shower heads/toilets
  • Faucet aerators
  • The use of rain barrels to water plants
  • Reuse dehumidifier water
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pot of water
  • Check outdoor hoses, faucets, and sprinklers for leaks.
  • Know the water footprint of your food
    • Australia is extremely cautious of their water use, in fact they are fighting to instate water efficiency labels.
  • Reuse cooking water.

Crazy Extremes: That we may need to turn to to upkeep the amount of water we require to survive. New tech is giving plants a voice, so that you’re aware when they are dry. The micro-chipped plant can now send text messages to farmer’s cellphone asking for water.