Virgin Valley Water District Becomes A Member of WaterStart

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LAS VEGAS – WaterStart is proud to announce Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD) as a new member in its organization. Established in 1993, VVWD provides a safe and dependable water supply to the citizens and visitors in Mesquite and Bunkerville.

“WaterStart is proud to add Virgin Valley Water District to our growing list of members,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “This collaboration between WaterStart and VVWD is an important partnership that will continue to further the state’s efforts in addressing global water challenges, and we look forward to working with them to bring even more innovative projects to Nevada.”

VVWD tests its water for over 100 different parameters as required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The District’s water rights portfolio consists of groundwater, surface water (Virgin River) and spring water.

“The District is excited for the many potential opportunities to partner with national and international water companies to improve the VVWD’s infrastructure and services,” said VVWD General Manager Kevin Brown. “Being able to find where others have efficiently and effectively pioneered providing water in a desert environment can only help VVWD improve.”

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.

About Virgin Valley Water District
The Virgin Valley Water District provides culinary water to the residents of the City of Mesquite, Town of Bunkerville, and many visitors. The District is governed by an elected five member Board who represent both Mesquite and Bunkerville. The District’s infrastructure currently includes over 9,000 meters, 170 miles of pipe, six arsenic removal treatment plants, nine deep wells, and seven pressure zones.For more information, visit vvh2o.com.

APANA Installs IoT Solution at the Bellagio to Conserve Water

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LAS VEGAS – APANA, a leader in automated water management for business has partnered with MGM Resorts International, on a water conservation program at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. WaterStart connected the technology company with MGM and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). This initial project involves connecting Apana’s IoT technology to the casino’s water network in order to provide real-time, actionable insight about leaks and irregular use to hotel engineering staff through the companies analytics software.

Based in Bellinghan, Washington, APANA’s sensors and water meters will help MGM’s facilities management team at the Bellagio gain understanding into operating efficiencies, provide asset protection and enhance its commitment to conservation and sustainability.

“MGM Resorts is honored to partner with WaterStart on this pilot project with SNWA and APANA,” said MGM Resorts Vice President of Sustainable Facilities Chris Magee. “This is an innovative project that will allow us to advance our existing water conservation initiatives significantly through a better understanding of exactly when, where and how much water goes through a multitude of individual systems in our facilities. It compliments MGM’s recognized energy data analytics platform so that we can identify critical areas of water conservation by turning data into meaningful actions.”

APANA and MGM have identified several critical areas within the Bellagio where opportunities may exist to increase water efficiency. These areas include hot water loops, cooling towers, pools and the iconic fountain. APANA has helped companies achieve water reductions of 18-25% in these types of systems in over 500 sites globally.

“As a proud board member of WaterStart, this is an important pilot that aligns with MGM’s commitment towards sustainability,” said MGM Resorts Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega. “We look forward to seeing the data from this project with SNWA and APANA, which will give us insight on how to use water in much smarter and more innovative ways.”

WaterStart helped bring APANA to Nevada with funding in part by SNWA.

“We are excited to see this collaborative effort taking place to prioritize water efficiency and conservation on the Strip,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “This project is the perfect example of the partnerships we aim to foster, bringing together water management agencies, technology companies and those in the private sector, to further water innovation activities in state.”

The project includes a 36-month pilot study during which APANA’s meters and technology will collect, analyze and communicate water use data. The system will alert facility management to issues, providing real-time water use analytics for faster troubleshooting and resolution. Installation of APANA technology is complete, and monitoring is underway.

“While the resort sector is among the most water efficient industries in Southern Nevada – consuming only three percent of our water supply while employing 22 percent of our local workforce – we are asking all sectors of our community to do more to conserve water,” said SNWA General Manager John Entsminger. “Resort properties have large, complex water systems and insights gained from this pilot will help us to identify ways to further improve water efficiency and reduce demands.”

“MGM Resorts is a leader in sustainability innovation so our technology solution for water conservation was a perfect fit. Water is illusive, even invisible with management practices restricted to monthly bills only to discover extreme consumption after the fact. Illuminating use in real-time and translating consumption data to actionable information alerts onsite staff and guides them to stop leaks, fix equipment or correct operating processes before major waste or even damage occurs,” said APANA President Tom Doll. “Our system is designed to conveniently integrate with staff routines making water conservation and the ability for large properties to truly manage water practical.”

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.

About APANA
APANA is a technology and services company that helps commercial and industrial businesses manage water. The APANA solution provides business with detailed insight into their total water footprint, identifying process drift, mechanical malfunctions and failure points. Real-time, automated information empowers frontline operators with actionable information to address problems when they occur and to institutionalize best practices throughout the organization’s water processes. Companies use APANA intelligence to reduce both asset and compliance risk while strengthening operational sustainability practices. Learn more at apana.com.

WaterStart & SNWA Partner with Irish-based Tech Company Klir

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Through WaterStart, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will implement software technology from Irish-based company Klir as part of a pilot project aimed at increasing the efficiency of water management.Klir’s technology helps water utilities make water safer by providing them with a more effective way to manage their regulatory compliance missions. A suite of cloud-based compliance software solutions, the Klir platform gathers, monitors and analyzes regulatory compliance data, all in one easy-to-use web-based application.“We are excited to welcome Klir in our technology portfolio as we implement its technology through a partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “Klir’s data management, analysis and sharing platform will help support better decision-making for water utilities, allowing utilities like SNWA to more efficiently manage environmental information from a single source to support critical environmental management processes while improving turn-around times for data gathering.”The Klir platform is customizable and will be reflective of SNWA’s processes. The system will reduce the time that SNWA staff spends managing regulatory requirements.

“SNWA manages hundreds of permits, covering a range of activities—from new construction to daily operations and environmental management,” said SNWA Deputy General Manager of Engineering and Operations Dave Johnson. “This is a tedious, time consuming process and we look forward to exploring how Klir’s technology platform can enhance management of our regulatory compliance activities through improved operational efficiency.”

Over the course of six months, Klir will be working with a cross-departmental team to assess existing platforms and needs, customize a platform that will inform those needs, and pilot the platform for three months.

“The Klir Team is excited to deploy its innovative regulatory management platform for SNWA,” said Klir CEO David Lynch. “As one of the leading global clusters for water innovation, WaterStart and SNWA are giving a fantastic vote of confidence in the power our platform can deliver on. We are looking forward to starting work with the team here in Las Vegas and help them transform regulatory obligations into advantages”

Learn more about Klir at klir.io.

About Klir 
The Klir platform is a suite of cloud-based compliance software solutions that offer an easier and more effective way to manage regulatory compliance data so that water utilities can better quantify and mitigate true risks to the environment and human health. And ultimately make water safer, quicker.How? Klir captures all regulatory and compliance data together into one platform – a single source of truth that provides accurate data across the entire organisation, which end-users can trust and act on.

Integrated regulatory compliance data management, analysis and sharing supports better decision-making for a maximised and sustainable management of a utility’s assets and resources.
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

Queensland Partners with Nevada to Deliver Latest Water Solutions

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*Press release on behalf of the Queensland GovernmentQueensland innovators will have the opportunity to gain a stake in $500,000 in funding to find ways to improve local urban water supply systems and take their ideas to Nevada, the United States and the world.

Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham announced the funding today when he welcomed the Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval to a Queensland water innovation workshop.

Innovators and technology industries would work hand-in-hand in a partnership between Queensland and the US state of Nevada, Dr Lynham said.

“Today’s workshop is about partnering internationally to see how we can continue to supply water for the future.

“I am delighted that Governor Sandoval is here today for us to finalise our partnership with the Nevada-based company WaterStart, as part of our Sister State agreement with Nevada.

“This agreement puts urban water supply experts and technology company representatives from Queensland and Nevada in the same room to share ideas, build relationships and create connections.

“These experts will have the opportunity to apply for a share of $500,000 to take their projects to the next stage.’’

The partnership with Nevada is a direct result of the Premier’s visit to that state during a trade mission last year.

Dr Lynham said the decision to partner in water expertise was due in part to Queensland’s and Nevada’s similar, dry, arid climates and water management expertise.

“Queensland’s water is supplied through a $37 billion network of pipes, pumps and treatment plants which pushes out 577,000 megalitres of water annually for use by homes and business across the state.

“This partnership and workshop is about securing long-term water supply solutions and creating jobs.

“We’ve already see Queensland tech company RedEye develop unique water system mapping and design software.

“After testing this system and using it to aid in water planning on home soil, RedEye has now set up operations in Nevada and is taking its expertise to the world.

“The partnership between Queensland Urban Utilities and WaterStart is about creating more success stories,’’ Dr Lynham said.

“The water innovation workshop will see Queensland’s brightest and best innovation experts come together with international experts to work on ways to improve towns and city water supplies across the state.

“The WaterStart partnership will help to speed up the innovation cycle, assist our water utilities to drive efficiencies and better manage risk while providing an opportunity for Queensland’s innovative companies to take our practical management solutions to the world.’’

Queensland Urban Utilities CEO, Louise Dudley, welcomed the Queensland Government’s investment in supporting innovation in the water industry.

“We’re keen to explore the use of smart technology in our water and sewerage network to operate more efficiently and improve customer service,” she said.

“By collaborating with WaterStart, we’ll be able to tap into research and technology around the world, as well as share insights from the research we’re carrying out in our Innovation Precinct at Luggage Point.”

AMI Global announced new partnership with WaterStart

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*Press release on behalf of AMI Global:AMI Global , an international Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company in the water management sector, today announced a new partnership with WaterStart. WaterStart is a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation that leverages the expertise and resources of Nevada partners to establish test-sites for new water technologies and innovation, with the goal of growing a global network of partner agencies and large water users that also includes the drinking water, waste water, industrial, agriculture and power sectors.

‘As a Nevada-based company focusing on IIoT end-to-end hardware, software and cloud solutions for water, ag tech and the machine industry, AMI is thrilled to partner with WaterStart to provide our digital IIoT innovation to their statewide network of stakeholder organizations. We are a local company with international reach and aim to grow our presence here around digital cloud solutions for the broader water industry,’ said Henrik Skov Laursen, CEO of AMI Global. ‘

‘With aligning goals to further the water tech sector in Nevada, WaterStart is proud to partner with AMI Global,’ said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. ‘AMI Global’s focus on IIoT provides effective digital solutions that aim to increase efficiency through innovative designing, building and planning for projects, and we look forward to the opportunities it will bring for our utility members and tech companies.’

Both AMI Global and WaterStart are located in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada – a leading region in providing companies opportunities to develop and test new technologies given the state’s arid environment and keen emphasis on water conservation and best practices. Easy-to-use, affordable, and scalable solutions that improve water efficiencies and save costs are being demanded by Nevadan entities that recognize its business and environmental value.

‘AMI Global looks forward to sharing its digital water technology and IIoT solutions with partners in need of streamlining enterprise processes, reducing operating costs, and managing water intelligently,’ remarked AMI’s Laursen.

About AMI Global : AMI Global is a leader in end-to-end Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions founded in 2009 with locations in the United States and Israel. AMI’s IIoT solutions allow customers to connect equipment to the Internet, achieve data collection and analysis, and secure control of remote assets including pump control. AMI has an existing customer base of Fortune 500 clients and global industrial systems and equipment manufacturers.

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. Learn more at waterstart.com

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