Global Water Resources Joins WaterStart to Accelerate Water Technology

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 Global Water Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:GWRS), (TSX:GWR), a pure-play water resource management company, has joined WaterStart, a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water technologies.

Based in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, WaterStart brings together strategic resources and expertise, and connects water management agencies, technology companies, and policy makers in order to spur positive growth in the water sector.

As a WaterStart member, Global Water gains access to more than 250 water technology-focused companies and the results of pilot projects implemented by other WaterStart members, including other utilities, and joins a large network of proven first adopters across many sectors. One of WaterStart’s key partners is the Southern Nevada Water Authority, one of the largest water providers in the U.S. Others include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and MGM Resorts International.

“We are honored to become the first water resource management company outside Nevada to join WaterStart, a growing leader in water research, innovation and commercialization,” said Ron Fleming, president and CEO of Global Water Resources. “Global Water has always been committed to leveraging advanced technologies to the benefit of our customers, the environment, and our business. WaterStart represents a new channel for Global Water that will help us remain at the forefront of the water management industry, and advance our goals to achieve efficient growth and consolidation.”

Nathan Allen, executive director of WaterStart, commented: “We welcome Global Water to our expanding group of partners working in concert to address challenges in water management today and in the future. As a channel for innovation of water utilities both large and small, and due to technology utilization across all facets of their business, Global Water is an ideal member to bring about new technologies and catalyze adoption.”

“Global Water’s membership extends our presence into Arizona, where they share many of the same drivers for innovative water management,” continued Allen. “Metropolitan Phoenix is steadily growing due to positive population trends and we see innovations in water technology helping to meet the growing demand and ultimately conserve water.”

About WaterStart 
WaterStart is a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation. Based in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, WaterStart leverages the strategic resources and expertise of its network to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of water innovation. As a channel for innovation, WaterStart accelerates the rate of adoption of new solutions to real challenges facing water management agencies and large consumers.

For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

About Global Water Resources
Global Water Resources, Inc. is a leading water resource management company that owns and operates nine utility companies which provide water, wastewater and recycled water services. The company’s service areas are located primarily in growth corridors around metropolitan Phoenix. Global Water recycles nearly 1 billion gallons of water annually. To learn more, visit www.gwresources.com.

One Drop Expands Las Vegas Footprint with Innovative Community Initiatives

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Vowing to make a major splash in 2018, ONE DROP™ has set its sights on a new set of Las Vegas charitable endeavors by partnering with WaterStart and DISCOVERY Children’s Museum on projects to further its mission of educating the local community on safe water access and ongoing water innovations. After donating more than $1 million to aid in the creation and launch of the Springs Preserve WaterWorks attraction in September 2017, ONE DROP will continue its philanthropic crusades in the Las Vegas community through two new initiatives.Beginning in 2018, ONE DROP will partner with WaterStart, a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water technology to create a new web-based knowledge platform. Outlining specific findings related to innovation priorities and the results of pilot projects, this tool will serve as a network for global communities to assist in pinpointing next steps for water conservation and sustainability. With the goal of becoming an international hub for technology companies working to address today’s water challenges, WaterStart—based in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute—provides a channel for innovation as it leverages the state’s resources, expertise and services.

Additionally, ONE DROP will support DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, located in downtown Las Vegas, to develop several water-themed displays including a Water World Presentation for fourth grade students (ages nine – 10) and a Water Conservation – Discovery on Wheels display for fifth grade students (ages 10 – 11).  Art Nomad students from Cirque du MondeCirque du Soleil’s social circus program, will participate in this activity to actively synergize several organizations under the Cirque du Soleil umbrella.

For more information, to donate or to get involved, please visit onedrop.org.

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ABOUT ONE DROP™

One Drop is an international foundation created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté. At the core of our mission is access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene as a transformative force to improve the living conditions of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. With the objective of delivering long-term impact and sustainability, we bring into all of our projects a unique Social Art for Behavior Change approach that aims at engaging communities in taking ownership and embracing adequate behaviors towards water, sanitation and hygiene. This year, One Drop is celebrating 10 years of bringing sustainable access to safe water to people around the world with projects in 11 countries that will reach over 1 million beneficiaries.

To learn more about One Drop, isit www.onedrop.org.

 

Israeli Water Tech Company WINT and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Launch Pilot

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WaterStart, a water technology incubator based in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, has kicked off a new partnership with San Francisco- and Tel Aviv-based water intelligence company WINT and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV. The pilot project features WINT’s data-driven platform, which uses pattern recognition and sophisticated algorithms to analyze water flow and equip real estate owners and managers with actionable insights that cut costs and protect against costly water damage.This initiative comes in the wake of Nevada and Israel’s signing of a memorandum of understanding on water innovation, marking what is reportedly a first-of-its-kind collaboration agreement between a U.S. state and Israel.The deal — reached between Nevada’s WaterStart public-private joint venture and Israel’s National Technological Innovation Authority at an event organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — paves the way for Israeli water technology companies to eventually set up research and production facilities in the notoriously arid state of Nevada. The aims of the agreement are to intensify mutual cooperation in innovation, and to lay the groundwork for bilateral joint projects in the future.

Atlantis is the first site in Nevada to apply WINT’s solution as a result of the partnership.

With offices in Tel Aviv and San Francisco, WINT is a big data company that provides an intelligent, IoT real-time water monitoring, conservation, and risk mitigation solution that leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.

The company was founded in 2011 with the goal of solving two key problems that commercial real estate owners and decision makers often face:

  1. Water Waste: An independent government study estimates that commercial property owners spend ~20% of their water bills on inefficiencies, such as hidden leaks or inefficient fixtures, wasteful usage patterns, and more. WINT offers cloud-based dashboards and reporting modules designed to optimize water consumption.
  2. Water Damage: It’s a leading insurance claim, yet the legacy tools that have been deployed until now to understand water use and mitigate risk are rudimentary. WINT’s features include real-time alerts and automatic or remote valve shut-off in the event of emergencies.

“WINT is highly innovative, and it is producing technology that is revolutionizing the way water is managed and conserved,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “Our partnership with internationally-based companies like WINT — who leverage technology for water intelligence — is incredibly important as we work to address today’s global water challenges and spur economic growth for the state of Nevada.”

WaterStart helps water tech companies with novel solutions find opportunities in Nevada and beyond, providing expertise and funding to test and demonstrate the viability of their product.

“Big Data and water consumption benchmarks are transforming the future of real estate and providing unprecedented opportunities at a time when water risk and conservation has never been more pressing,” said WINT’s CEO, Avi (Jack) Jacoby. “Together with the state of Nevada, we look forward to demonstrating a scalable model for a better world; a world of frontier water analytics and optimization that can be replicated around the globe.”

This collaborative project between WaterStart, WINT, and Atlantis is building a channel for Israeli water innovation technology in Nevada and the U.S. While the Atlantis may test additional WINT products at its site, discussions are underway to potentially expand the technology to another Monarch, Inc. property in Colorado.

“Partnering with WaterStart has had a profound impact on how we manage our water usage at Atlantis. The analytics we receive from the program have helped us put processes into place that help us to better utilize our resources to conserve more water and ultimately, to save money,” said Atlantis Casino Corporate Director of Engineering Perry Sanders. “Atlantis is thankful to be the pilot program with WINT and to assist them in establishing a foothold in the United States and grow their business here. We are thrilled that our partnership will lead to additional jobs in Reno and that WINT will become a part of the economic boom the city is currently experiencing.

About WaterStart 
WaterStart is a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation. Based in Las Vegas, WaterStart leverages the strategic resources and expertise of its network to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of water innovation. As a channel for innovation, WaterStart accelerates the rate of adoption of new solutions to real challenges facing water management agencies and large consumers.

For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

About WINT
WINT is SaaS company with offices in San Francisco, CA, and Tel Aviv, IL. The WINT solution and software platform leverages AMR/AMI infrastructure, IOT endpoints, and a unique set of algorithms to enhance the discovery, interpretation, and analysis of meaningful patterns in water consumption data in real-time in order to lower water-related costs for CRE owners and managers, proactively identify potentially disastrous leaks and anomalies, and conserve our world’s most precious resource.

To learn more about WINT, visit wintwi.com.

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