Queensland Urban Utilities Becomes WaterStart’s First International Member

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LAS VEGAS / QUEENSLAND — This week, WaterStart signed a landmark agreement with Queensland Urban Utilities, which could see innovation in Australia’s water industry showcased on the world stage. Queensland Urban Utilities is the first international organization to be invited to join WaterStart, a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation.Housed in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, WaterStart connects water and wastewater providers with technology companies around the world to bring about innovative solutions to industry challenges and opportunities.Queensland Urban Utilities Innovation Research and Development Manager Col Chapman said joining WaterStart was an exciting milestone.“Since launching our Innovation Program in 2013, we’ve made a concerted effort to embed innovation across our business,” he said.

“At the moment, our Innovation Program is delivering 63 initiatives, of which six key projects are targeting anticipated benefits of up to $4 million in efficiencies, savings and offsets for our business.

“Working with WaterStart will allow us to tap into research and technology around the world and give us an opportunity to share insights from our Innovation Program with international partners.”

WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen said the organisation was excited to work with Queensland Urban Utilities to enter the Australian market.

“Water and wastewater utilities around the world face common challenges and WaterStart enables companies to come together to innovate and share their findings with the industry,” he said.

“Queensland Urban Utilities has a reputation for commitment to innovation, so we’re looking forward to sharing their research and development initiatives with the WaterStart community.”

Mr Allen said the agreement was also good news for Australia’s start-up community.

“This agreement could provide opportunities for technology companies solving challenges in the Australian water and wastewater industry to be introduced to the market in the United States,” he said.

WaterStart was set up in 2013 to provide channels for water innovation by leveraging Nevada’s water expertise, capability and leadership in the academic, public and the private sector. It operates in a region of proven first adopters that are sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development.

Earlier this year, the Queensland Government and the state of Nevada became Sister States, committing to work collaboratively across key industries and opportunities including advancement in water technology.

For information about Queensland Urban Utilities’ Innovation Program, visit www.urbanutilities.com.au/innovation

For information about WaterStart, visit www.waterstart.com

microLAN Pilots Water Technology at UNLV Through WaterStart

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LAS VEGAS – Through WaterStart, Netherlands-based tech company microLAN has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) for a pilot project that tests its BACTcontrol unit, which detects the presence of bacterial contamination in water and can be used for the detection of bacterial activity in water.microLAN specializes in early warning systems for water quality monitoring based on light measurements and has developed a range of fully automated online monitoring devices for protecting the quality of drinking, surface and process waters from algae, bacteria and chemical-toxicity pollution.

In its research with UNLV, the pilot project implementing microLAN’s technology aims to demonstrate how its products can help local agencies address water quality concerns.

“It’s critically important to ensure that drinking water and recycled water are free of certain types of bacteria such as E. coli,” said Dr. Daniel Gerrity, UNLV Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction. “We will be testing microLAN’s BACTcontrol technology to demonstrate that it can detect bacterial contamination in near-real-time—an important goal for public health protection.”

Once the project is complete, microLAN plans to fund future research internships for Nevada students. Furthermore, the company is interested in potentially expanding its business in Nevada.

“microLAN’s collaboration with UNLV is an exciting partnership that aims to address water issues and has the potential to spur economic growth in our water sector,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “Its innovative technology is easing the process of water quality and water security through its online systems, and we look forward to seeing the results of this research over the next few months.”

WaterStart, housed in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, helped bring microLAN to Nevada and assisted in facilitating its partnership with UNLV.

“We´re very excited to start our pilot with UNLV and proud to work with Dr. Gerrity, a renowned scientist and specialist in potable reuse applications,” said microLAN Managing Director and Owner Joep Appels. “We´re looking forward to showing the advanced use of our instrument in various pilots using different disinfection and advanced oxidation processes. The initial start will be at the lab of UNLV, where the analyser will go through a thorough validation process, and we´re thrilled to see the outcome of this.”

microLAN’s BACTcontrol system can be used for detection of E. coli, coliforms, enterococci and total bacterial activity in water. The enzyme activity is detected by adding reagents that contain a fluorescent indicator.

Learn more about microLAN at www.microlan.nl.

 

About WaterStart 
WaterStart is a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation. Based on 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.

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