A predictive analysis tool using Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will integrate water quality data across multiple facilities to monitor, trend, and forecast changes in water quality parameters for compliance, operational optimization, and maintenance.

WaterStart member is seeking a predictive analysis solution that can integrate, monitor, and optimize treatment processes across multiple facilities of the world’s largest water recycling programs. The AI-preferred solution will need to demonstrate capabilities to integrate with domestic, wastewater, and water reuse facilities to monitor, trend, and forecast changes in water quality parameters for compliance, operational optimization, and maintenance. The proposed AI technology shall be compatible with existing control and monitoring platform and reliably support operators in achieving stringent water quality requirements. The findings, recommendations, and performance requirements will likely be included in full-scale program development criteria for one of the world’s largest water recycling programs.

A water rights data management system to improve workflow efficiencies and compliance reporting.

WaterStart member is seeking to replace a legacy water rights management system (SEQUEL Database). The new management system must provide a streamlined solution for data integration, permit tracking, automation, spatial attribution/tracking, and custom reporting across various workflow processes and internal information systems. Current data set is tracking and relating 20,000 units of water right information.  It is not a large data set but the relationships the database is tracking are complex and growing.

Repair/renewal solution for small polyethylene water service connections to prevent leakage

WaterStart member faces challenges in implementing an effective and affordable renewal/repair program due to the limited availability of no-dig technologies for small diameter (25-50mm) service connection pipes and is seeking to implement an inexpensive and easy no-dig repair/renewal solution. The current methods of open cut trenching and tunnel boring are costly, time consuming, and disruptive. The reinstatement expenses for sealed roads, driveways, foot paths and lawns add to the expenses and cause inconvenience to customers. Solution must reduce the cost of renewal/repair and minimize customer disruption. It would be preferrable if the proposed solutions could also work with other type of pipe materials, such as galvanized steel, copper and uPVC.

The predominant failures in the service connections are with polyethylene material used between 1970 and 2000, with splits occurring along the length of the pipe. Some service connections may have been installed through a metallic enveloper, which may impact certain no-dig technologies like pipe pulling/extraction and pipe bursting. Additional technical requirements include ensuring that any lining solution can withstand pressures in the range of 20-80m and that costumers are not disconnected from the water supply for more than 24 hours during the renewal/repair process.

Rapid detection of water quality anomalies in the distribution system

Our members are seeking technologies to allow for automated, event-based water sampling. Event monitoring and event sampling are indispensable tools to get detailed information about parameters of a water source, storage dynamics and runoff characteristics. Conventional water analysis is based on manually taken samples, subsequent transport to a specialized lab environment and analysis within a certain period of time. However, due to the high logistic efforts, sampling intervals are usually rather long and can hardly give realistic information about the temporal dynamics of the respective water quality.

Water agencies are interested in new, innovative and real-time water quality monitoring technologies to be utilized for monitoring and/or quality control of treatment processes and distribution systems. They are seeking real-time analysis that can measure a set of routine water quality parameters of the presence of a toxic or otherwise undesirable contaminant.

Needs to be cost effective and low maintenance.

Low-cost, system wide, leak detection for regulatory compliance.

WaterStart member is seeking cost-effective and cost-competitive technologies for leak detection in the water network. Solution must be capable of surveying the entire system (mains and service lines) per the upcoming California Water Loss Performance Standards regulation.

Solution must be in the cost range of $500,000 every 3 years over the entire system, which consists of approximately 1,000 miles of pipe within a 50 square mile area. Would also consider less cost-effective solutions in limited application that could be used in conjunction with the manual approaches of walking/listening if it reduced the number of manhours and miles being monitored. AMI meters are 100% Sensus.