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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Abyss Solutions Pilots Underwater Robot at Lake Mead Through WaterStart & SNWA

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LAS VEGAS???Through?WaterStart, Australian infrastructure inspections and management company?Abyss Solutions?is piloting its high-fidelity imaging underwater, remotely operated vehicle at Lake Mead in partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), to inspect the condition of the regional water agency?s existing water infrastructure within the lake. As part of this project, Abyss Solutions is also conducting a condition assessment of an SNWA reservoir facility through 3D modeling.

?The high-resolution data acquired by this technology will allow us to efficiently and safely assess the condition of water facilities that are either submerged in Lake Mead or ? in the case of reservoir facilities ? contain millions of gallons of water to ensure our community?s water system remains one of the most reliable in the county,? said David Johnson, SNWA Deputy General Manager of Engineering and Operations.

The data will also help affirm the effectiveness of SNWA?s efforts to control quagga mussels in the agency?s raw water intake system in the lake and help to evaluate the efficiency of water treatment and disinfection processes.

WaterStart, housed in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, helped to bring Abyss to Nevada.

?The value of the Abyss technology was immediately apparent from the pilot,? said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. ?By combining machine learning, robotics and optics, Abyss is providing a detailed and innovative process for water utilities to more effectively inspect, monitor and survey underwater infrastructure.?

Abyss? solution provides high-quality visual information of water related assets such as dams, bridges, reservoirs waterways, pipelines and offshore structures. Its precise digitalization of assets enables change detection over time using both acoustic and visual data. Abyss uses robotics and unique machine learning algorithms to automatically identify and classify faults and features, significantly increasing the speed and accuracy of condition assessments.

?Abyss Solutions is exited to be working with SNWA and WaterStart to bring its unique technology to the US after success in Australia,??said Abyss Solutions Director and CCO Masood Naqshbandi.??We believe our digital approach to asset management and inspection will help utilities understand the condition of their assets, better allowing them to make more informed decisions on budget planning, maintenance prioritization and avoiding unexpected failures. At the same time our machine learning algorithms will make this process much faster, accurate and consistent while allowing work to be done cost-effectively at large scale.?

To learn more about Abyss Solutions, visit?abysssolutions.co.

See videos of Abyss Solutions? technology and the pilot at Lake Mead here:?LINK

RedEye Rolls Out Cloud-based Platform at SNWA Through WaterStart

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Through?WaterStart, based at the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, Australia-based tech company?RedEye?has completed a project with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to implement RedEye?s cloud-based platform for management of engineering drawings and data?RedEyeDMS?with the goal of driving productivity and efficiency into its projects and operations.

RedEyeDMS?helps SNWA securely store and manage its as-built drawings and engineering plans. Furthermore, the company?s collaborative, cloud-based mobility solution provides SNWA mobile access to these critical infrastructure plans from anywhere in the valley, allowing engineering records to be efficiently reviewed and updated in real-time.

?Water infrastructure management is essential to ensuring safe and reliable water delivery,? said SNWA General Manager John Entsminger. ?With approximately 200,000 sets of engineering and construction plans?detailing our valley?s 6,500 miles of water transmission and delivery pipelines as well as reservoirs, pumping stations and treatment facilities?introducing this technological solution provides our engineers and field crews secure access to the engineering records they utilize daily.?

Based in Queensland, RedEye is one of Australia?s fastest-growing tech companies. In January 2017, it opened its North American headquarters in Nevada with the help of WaterStart.

?RedEye is a great example of the strong strategic partnerships that have been formed through WaterStart?s efforts to implement new technologies that help address today?s biggest water challenges,? said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. ?Utilizing the state?s water innovation resources and services, RedEye?s expansion to Nevada has helped to provide a solution to a major pain point water utilities are facing in their operations.?

The roll-out of RedEyeDMS within SNWA showcases various benefits including:

  • Providing fast, secure access to accurate engineering information, which helps improve organizational efficiencies and project coordination.
  • Reducing costs by mitigating project delays and overruns through streamlined engineering records management processes.
  • Managing record drawings to eliminate duplications and ensure the most current versions are securely updated, accessible and utilized.
  • Ability to update as-built records and infrastructure information through RedEyeDMS? auditability function, which provides complete transparency of all actions performed in the system.

?We are really proud to have completed the implementation project with SNWA. We migrated a large amount of data as part of the project and were able to identify and remove over 100 thousand of duplicated files, which will help SNWA create and maintain a single source of truth for all drawings managed in RedEyeDMS,? said RedEye North America GM Roman Galikov. ?With around 300 users and 12 other applications integrated with RedEyeDMS, users can access and start working with the latest versions of engineering drawings anywhere on any device. We are looking forward to working with SNWA beyond the project in line with our Customer Success plan to ensure that the organization maximizes its return on investment.?

RedEye is the first fully cloud-based and purpose-built engineering platform for asset owners and global service providers. Its technology aims to help clients improve the way they upload and manage their engineering data across the entire engineering and asset management life cycle.

Learn more about the RedEyeDMS solution?here.

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 RedEye
RedEye is a disruptive tech business, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile. Established in Brisbane in 2012 by Wayne Gerard and Randall Makin, RedEye is one of Australia?s fastest growing tech companies with an expanding global footprint.

RedEye?s Cloud-based solutions help asset owners and their service providers improve their productivity and safety, while reducing business risks and costs. With a mission to reinvent the way people work, the company has pioneered a new product category, globally, in Cloud and mobile Engineering Data Management for Asset Owners. RedEye?s solutions are built by the industry, for the industry.

In 2016, RedEye launched its work management solution, RedEyeWFM, which is transforming the way large industrial companies work with their technical contractors and maintenance providers.

The RedEye team are passionate contributors to the development of the startup community, helping to drive world leading innovation and a diverse workforce culture that disrupts and transforms traditional industries.

Visit?redeye.co?for more information.

About Southern Nevada Water Authority
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is a regional entity that manages water conservation, water quality and water resource issues for Southern Nevada. Its members include: the Las Vegas Valley Water District; the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City; the Big Bend Water District (Laughlin); and the Clark County Water Reclamation District.

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WaterStart Receives $25,000 Grant from Wells Fargo

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LAS VEGAS???WaterStart, based on the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute, recently received a $25,000 grant from?Wells Fargo?as part of its Clean Technology and Innovation program, which seeks to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon economy by nurturing a multi-stakeholder, cleantech ecosystem that supports the advancement and commercialization of emerging clean technologies.

WaterStart will use the grant for a project with?METAWATER, a Japanese-based company focused on developing an innovative online sensor technology.

?We are pleased to support WaterStart and the METAWATER project,? said Mary Wenzel, head of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Wells Fargo. ?The advanced sensor technology promises to help drive more sustainable and effective wastewater treatment, which we believe can promote significant efficiencies for large-scale commercial and municipal water managers.?

METAWATER?s online sensor aims to detect bromate, an unwanted byproduct of ozonation used in advanced water treatment processes, in real time. Treatment plant operators can use this data to make subtle adjustments to the ozonation process, maintaining protection against potential pathogens while minimizing bromate formation. Ultimately, the goal is to use information provided through the METAWATER technology to predict and minimize the compound?s formation.

The Wells Fargo grant is helping WaterStart fund the first phase of a $60,000 project between METAWATER and researchers from the UNLV Department of Civil and Environment Engineering and Construction, to commercialize the new technology and fund a student who will be leading the research component of the bromate sensor project and preparing a publication summarizing the results.

Phase one also involves water quality scientists with the Southern Nevada Water Authority?s (SNWA) Applied Research and Development Laboratory. SNWA has installed the sensor at its treatment facility to evaluate initial pre-treatment operations and provide an initial report to further optimize the sensor.

?Wells Fargo understands the evolving need to support new projects focused on solving environmental challenges, and WaterStart is proud to be a partner in these aligned efforts to help provide a channel for innovation and pathway to commercialization of clean technologies,? said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. ?This program?s support of METAWATER, in collaboration with UNLV and SNWA, will deliver long-term, measurable results to further promote the development of technology that contributes to safe and reliable water.?

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 Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo?s vision is to satisfy our customers? financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,300 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune?s 2017 rankings of America?s largest corporations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo No. 3 on its most recent list of the top corporate cash philanthropists. In 2016, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.73 million hours with 50,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo?s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at?Wells Fargo Stories.

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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 Monde,?Cirque 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 Lalibert?. 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.