WaterStart Technology Priority List

Drinking Water

  • Real-time energy and water quality system (EWQMS)
  • Innovative technologies for distribution systems
  • Technologies for maintaining distribution water quality parameters in real time
  • Utility location technology
  • Use the Itron AMR System to manage the distribution system
  • Software for aiding in the development of accurate electrical as-built drawings
  • Software for improving reporting liability and sampling efficiency within laboratory information systems
  • Removal of entrained air in well water
  • Removal of nitrates from well water
  • Removal of perchlorates from well water
  • Removal of bromate disinfection by-products from distribution systems
  • Lake sampling of phosphate and dissolved organic carbon using solar powered barge
  • Remote sensing for leaks
  • Reduction of TDS in well water
  • Buried valve open/close status indication
  • Treatment/remediation of groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds (PCE & TCE)
  • Mitigation/control of invasive aquatic plants/weeds
  • Portable Chlorine Analyzers for the Distribution System
  • Electronic Access Management for Facility Entrances
  • Programmatic Replacement of Ozone Analyzers, Turbidity Meters, and Particle Counters for Water Treatment Facilities
  • Reduction of in-situ disinfection byproduct formation for groundwater recharge applications
  • Technology to support consolidation of metering infrastructure
  • Best-in-class meter data management systems
  • Best-in-class billing systems

Waste Water

  • Low cost sludge handling
  • Grease and odor control
  • Technologies for capturing nitrates and phosphates for resale
  • In-place pipe repair
  • Flow and obstruction monitoring
  • Temporary lease treatment plants


  • Efficient systems for center pivot irrigation
  • Crop stress monitoring
  • Drought tolerant crop species – potato, alfalfa, wheat, snap peas

Commercial Buildings

  • Technologies for increasing water use efficiency in cooling towers and alternatives to conventional evaporative cooling
  • Alternatives for and/or reduction of chemical use in cooling towers and domestic supply lines (often destructive to chillers and pumps)
  • Technologies for treating issues associated with total dissolved solids and scaling in cooling towers (increased cycles of concentration)
  • Technologies for improving efficiency of swimming pool pumps (including reliability, energy, and monitoring)
  • Innovative filtration technologies in swimming pools, saunas, and other water features
  • Technologies, including a data transmission platform, for remotely monitoring water quality and/or water consumption rates within large hotel infrastructures
  • Technologies for improving reliability and operation of drip irrigation systems as well as reducing management costs
  • Identifying alternative grass solutions for optimizing water consumption
  •  Monitoring and improving well casing conditions while reducing maintenance and operation costs associated with the operation of groundwater wells supplying outdoor demand for water
  • Water conditioning solutions and/or alternatives to water softening systems to manage scaling in commercial kitchens and resort facilities
  • Water automation – commercial hand faucets (pre-dishwashing stations)
  • Alternative methods of water reuse in a hospitality context (A/C condensate- for example)
  • Waste Water Flow Metering


  • Deep well pumping
  • Water extraction from tailings source at mill
  • Water extraction from tailings depositing at tailings facility
  • Passive treatment of water collected in ponds
  • Pump efficiency and maintenance
  • Leak detection and pipeline repair
  • Scaling prevention
  • Real-time water chemistry monitoring
  • Sulfate treatment
  • Low cost cyanide treatment
  • Site closure technologies
  • Automated event-based sampling
  • Effective, low maintenance sediment removal controls

Microbial Detection

  • Alternative method to detection based on DNA/enzymes rather than growth rates
  • Confirmation of a negative within a reduced time period versus a detection
  • Reliable and simple maintenance and ease of operation
  • Quantitative versus absence/presence
  • Utilizing remote sensing technology, e.g. for nutrient-based sampling
  • Rapid detection (1-2 hours

Please see the most recent RFP for a specific list of technology needs for which WaterStart is currently seeking solutions. We will accept proposals pertaining to technologies not in the current call, however, they will not be prioritized for review until they are specifically included in an associated RFP.