CFI Summit Connecting Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Water Technology

WaterStart is hosting the 3rd Channels for Innovation (CFI) Summit on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is a dynamic gathering of leaders and entrepreneurs in water innovation. The program brings together diverse perspectives to accelerate the adoption of innovation and emerging technology in the global water industry.

Channels for Innovation Summit by WaterStart
Tuesday, 26 September 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada

Leading utilities and major water asset managers will give insight to their technical challenges, lessons learned as first adopters, tips to reduce operational impact, and factors that drive innovation in their organization.

Hear from our technology partners share their experience in overcoming the complexities in existing frameworks to deliver scalable solutions and better efficiency to their water users.

Pilot pitches

Sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation, the afternoon will feature CFI?s signature competitive showcase of successful pilot projects. Solution providers demonstrating the value proposition, the solution, and the return on investment alongside the technology adopter.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to discuss shared technology priorities among other utilities, share best practices, and discover the innovative technologies that WaterStart members have implemented. 

Registrations Now Open

The event is for professionals from water utilities, major water users and water asset managers only.

For any enquiries, please contact Rebecca Shanahan at

Your Technology Could Solve Critical Water Issues

RFP Round 13 Open Until Sept 1

WaterStart requests proposals from water technology companies able/looking to solve immediate demands for innovation by water service providers. If you are a company that is ready to apply your technology to solving one or more of the priorities below, then we want to hear from you!

  • Portable Chlorine Analyzers for the Distribution System
  • Removal of Entrained Air in Well Water
  • Creative Backflow Prevention Enclosures
  • Critical Spares Management
  • Environmental Compliance Management
  • Disinfection Byproduct Management
  • Intrusion Detection and Response
  • Automated Spillway Debris Management

Deadline for submission: 1 Sep, 2019
Evaluations completed by: 11 Oct, 2019

See the open RFP and Proposal Guidelines here.

Access to funding and support to scale-up

WaterStart helps to accelerate the adoption of emerging technology in the water industry through matched funding of pilot projects. We take an outcomes-focused approach to apply novel technology solutions to solve critical water challenges faced by faced by WaterStart utility members today.

Technology companies also have the opportunity to scale internationally into Nevada, United States or Queensland, Australia through our network and affiliation program.

For more information, see our Technology Portfolio or get in touch with us today at

Channels for Innovation Podcast Episode 4 – Nick Shewring, General Manager of WaterStart Australia

After working as a startup founder for nearly 15 years, Shewring joins the WaterStart Australia team to further water innovation efforts and help attract more international technology companies to Queensland by working with major water utilities and water consumers across the state.

WaterStart Australia was created as a result of the Queensland Government and Nevada (U.S.) becoming Sister States in early 2018, committing to work collaborative across key industries and opportunities including advancement in water technology. That same year, in May 2018, Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) became WaterStart?s first international member.

Shrewing is currently also the founder and CEO of The ikiFounder Network, which provides mentorship and financial support to venture founders. His previous experience includes serving as Co-founder and CIO of BizDojo, Co-founder and CEO of Colo, and Head of Mobile Technology Innovation for Air New Zealand. 

Nick joins the Channels for Innovation Podcast to discuss:

  • Collaboration between large water utilities and small councils in Queensland, Australia.
  • Water situation in Queensland, Australia
  • The development of the first international branch of WaterStart
  • The benefits to the water sector and water technology industry of bridging Nevada and Australia.
  • How water technology companies can scale after successful pilots

Continue reading “Channels for Innovation Podcast Episode 4 – Nick Shewring, General Manager of WaterStart Australia”

Water Innovation Forum Coming to Brisbane

Big Challenges, Big Ideas

There are incredible opportunities in the water sector for emerging technology to apply new solutions to critical outcomes. Don?t miss this collaborative event with our panel of experts including leading Queensland water utilities and WaterStart?s technical expert from the US, Kevin Fisher, on our biggest water challenges.

Water Innovation Forum
Tuesday, 13 August 2019
9am – 12pm
The Precinct
Level 2/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Join the conversation to create fresh perspectives on our water challenges to build the future of water together.

Engage with an international network of water utilities

Kevin Fisher, WaterStart Chief Technology Adviser, will be sharing pilot case studies from Nevada and discussing opportunities for commercial ready companies to expand into the United States with funding and scale up support from WaterStart.

Who should be there

Technology solution providers, start up or scale up technology companies, consultancies and innovation teams. This is a free to attend event where you can connect with industry experts, thought leaders, community representatives, technology bright sparks and business professionals in the water space.

Register yourself and your team now

Queensland is the epicentre of water-tech in Australia, bringing together innovators and new technology to improve our water quality, management and sustainability.

On stage – Kevin Fisher

Kevin has acquired over 30 years of experience in the water industry, including five years in the geothermal and nuclear industries. During his tenure at the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) he was instrumental in the development of the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) Emergency Response initiatives and the innovative SCADA control strategy which balances improvements in water quality with energy management. The maintenance practices Kevin developed with the LVVWD were the forefront for the water utility industry, widely recognised as being progressive and cutting edge.

Our line up of expert panelists will be added here soon!

A Success at the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) Workshop

The inaugural SWAN APAC Alliance Workshop, held on 22 July at the beautiful location of Peppers Resort on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, was a resounding success. The expert speakers and facilitators delivered an invaluable event for the water industry, addressing key challenges of our water systems in this digital age and opportunities for disruptors to play a key role in our future.

Systems for the Digital Age

Smart technology gives us unparalleled clarity and speed of understanding. The keynote speakers across the day echoed the need to incorporate smart infrastructure and empower organisations to act quickly. Our human resources also needs to be developed and upskilled in line with the equipment that organisations are administering.

Leak detection was a big topic from every corner of the industry. At the interactive roundtable workshops, delegates shared ideas and trials that capitalize on the use of new technology and data to reduce time to detection and maintenance processing.

The weather and environment also play a massive part in how we manage our assets. We are experiencing one in ten thousand year weather occurrences more frequently than ever before, and this puts an enormous strain on infrastructure systems. In response, forecasting systems and algorithms have to be adapted to improve our water resilience and supply management, particularly in regional areas where water is most scarce.

Distributed infrastructure are being explored in communities to match localized demand and resource availability. These network systems foster greater involvement from the community users as well as reduces the reliance on centralized systems. The effective management of these systems within our existing models will be key to its success.

A superb talk from Jennifer Rebeiro, CIO of City West Water, took the audience on a deep dive of efficient product development methodologies. This has significant potential to accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions and emerging technology through a lean framework of defining problems, testing and evaluating success.

Ecosystem of Innovation

Being a new participant in the water sector, I?ve consistently observed the openness of professionals and corporations who freely share their knowledge and tools of success to the overall betterment of the industry. It shows a powerful desire to collaborate and foster an ecosystem of innovation.

WaterStart is proud of our role in supporting economic development in the Queensland water sector by facilitating access to funding for technology pilots and the sharing of knowledge. Large service providers and smaller communities are both benefiting from these valuable initiatives developed through our outcomes-focused approach.

Over 130 participants from Queensland and around the world attended the event to share their ideas and passion. The incredible turnout has further strengthened the network of professionals within the water industry and our commitment at WaterStart to make Queensland the Home of Water Innovation.

Special thanks to George Theo, Chairman of SWAN APAC Alliance, for the tremendous effort poured into this year?s event. We?re already excited for the SWAN workshop next year and the evolution of our industry and all participants.

Nick Shewring
General Manager Australia, WaterStart

See photos from the event here.