We’re halfway through the year, and WaterStart is continuing to see growth not just in Nevada, but also internationally. We’ve signed a groundbreaking agreement with the Queensland Government to develop a subsidiary that aims to adopt the WaterStart model and connect water providers with tech companies around the world. In the state, we’ve fostered a new partnership with Virgin Valley Water District, and we look forward to bringing even more projects to Nevada as we will soon close round 11 of a competitive matching grant process with GOED. See more updates below on our efforts to make the state a channel for innovation.
– Nathan Allen, Executive Director
WaterStart has received over 220 proposals from technology companies to-date, with 16 commitments from businesses to establish Nevada offices. Those companies together represent more than 100 projected new jobs over the next 2-3 years.
WaterStart and GOED opened Round 11 of a competitive matching grant process. They are accepting proposals from tech companies with applications on how Nevada can advance water tech development. The deadline is Aug. 31.
In May, WaterStart was featured in the Environmental Defense Fund’s blog on Medium, “The Fourth Wave of Environmental Innovation,” talking about how Nevada is using a new model for innovation to address today’s water challenges.
Through WaterStart and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the State of Nevada is now accepting proposals from tech companies around the world with timely, collaborative and unique applications on how Nevada can advance water technology development. As part of Round 11 of a competitive matching grant process, individual grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.
For the first time, this request for proposals (RFP) also focuses on water priorities from Queensland Urban Utilities, the first international organization to be invited to join WaterStart. In May, both organizations signed a landmark agreement to promote international knowledge exchange.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Karla Lant | Environmental Monitor
In the American Southwest, innovative solutions for water shortages have literally made modern urban life possible. Nowhere is this more apparent than Las Vegas, an oasis in the desert where you can even watch dancing fountains colored with light shoot massive jets of water into the arid sky every 15 minutes at the Bellagio.
A new pilot program through WaterStart, partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), provides some insight into how the oasis remains possible—and how to keep water safe in the desert and beyond.
The Australian infrastructure inspections and management company Abyss Solutions is piloting its high-fidelity imaging underwater ROV at Lake Mead to inspect the condition of water infrastructure within the lake. Abyss Solutions is also conducting an assessment of an SNWA reservoir facility through 3D modeling. The data will help affirm the effectiveness of SNWA’s efforts to control quagga mussels in the raw water intake system and evaluate the efficiency of water treatment and disinfection.
By Nia Wong | KLAS 8 News Now
Abyss Solutions participated in the ACE 2018 where we displayed and presented our underwater technologies and services.
By Elisa Iannunzio | Utility Magazine
Queensland Urban Utilities is the first Australian organisation to be invited to join WaterStart, a US agency which brings together global leaders in the implementation of water innovation.
Based at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, WaterStart connects water and wastewater providers with technology companies around the world to bring about innovative solutions to industry challenges and opportunities.
By The Fourth Wave of Environmental Innovation (Medium)
Typically, we like to think about water technology as dams, desalination and pipelines. In Nevada, we have continued to invest in these big, charismatic mega solutions, such as the indirect potable reuse infrastructure that recycles water to return to Lake Mead. These large-scale, innovative approaches have managed to drastically extend our access to water resources over the past 20 years.
Today, however, we are shifting our focus to opportunities to manage demand (i.e. how we use water) through investments of a similar scale of potential.
WaterStart aims to catalyze water technology, research, and expertise. We create channels for innovation by providing testing, connections, and marketing opportunities for companies with novel solutions to challenges in the water sector.
WaterStart’s business model is based on partnerships within the academic, public, and private sectors. Through our partners, we’re able to leverage Nevada’s expertise in water by bringing together strategic resources and expertise, connecting water management agencies, technology companies, and policy makers.