Tackling the Chinese Market for Water Technology

China is a central issue for water tech growth companies. It is set to be the epicenter of water innovation. For decades, China has been using up its water at an unsustainable rate. 28,000 of its rivers have disappeared since the 1990s. Only half the water sources in cities are safe to drink. More than […]

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Four Events that Changed Water in 2013

While great water tech start-up IPO stories didn’t pepper the news sites this year, four watershed events from 2013 will be shaping 2014: Texas leads the way for toilet to tap The West Texas hamlet of Big Spring became the first city to bring indirect potable reuse into operation earlier this year.  Direct Potable Reuse […]

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Agents of Transformation: The water engineering leaders of the future

Disruptive technologies don’t conquer their markets until they redefine their marketplace.  When that happens, mastery of that new paradigm redefines industry leadership in a matter of years. For example, in the early 1900s when steam power became capable of powering a ship across the ocean, every single transoceanic sailing ship company went out of business. […]

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The Innovation Imperative–Transforming operations to match new technology

Innovation guru Clay Christensen lays out a compelling argument for innovative operations when disruptive technology gains wide scale adoption. In a recent New York Times article, he presents steam powered engines and online education as models for industry disruption. If the best of advanced water tech is going to recast water management, how will things […]

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Disruptive innovation drives a new age in energy, and an opportunity for water tech

Disruptive innovation returns Texas to its oil and gas leadership. In its latest report “Game Changers: Opportunities for US growth and renewal,” strategy consulting firm McKinsey identifies hydraulic fractacturing as one of the five catalysts for economic growth by 2020. Driven by technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This process has unlocked large deposits […]

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WEFTEC News: LIFT—A US leader’s forum for innovative technology

One of the most exciting things that I saw at WEFTEC this week was the new LIFT program (Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology.) WERF and WEF have worked together to build a collaborative platform that will identify, pilot and implement new water management technologies and approaches. US testing and demonstration is essential for many water tech solutions, and […]

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Profiles in Utility Leadership: Who will drive the next wave of start-up success?

  Our research of the Artemis Top 50 shows that the biggest utilities leading the industry in research and pilots have not been the best customers for water tech solutions. For start-ups strapped for cash and driven to building a wide scale customer base, the biggest utilities can be quicksand in the march through the […]

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Breakthrough Public Policy– The USAID Water Grand Challenge

On September 2, 2013 in Stockholm, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), launched Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (WGCD). As part of the White House initiative to stimulate science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, the WGCD will be granting $25 M to the most promising water […]

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Unbinding Water Innovation

America is falling behind in the race to build the “high tech” water economy that will drive economic growth in the next decade, according to Mike Dimitriou of Water Remediation Technologies. “We stifle innovation with too many roadblocks,” Dimitriou noted earlier today at the marquee conference for the water industry, ACE 13. Dimitriou noted that […]

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In Fracking’s Wake

The following appeared in the Wall Street Journal on September 11, 2011 By YULIYA CHERNOVA  Joe Duty BY THE TRUCKLOAD With fracking’s growth, tankers unloading wastewater keep a Texas recycling site busy The growing volume of dirty water produced in shale-gas drilling has triggered a gold rush among water-treatment companies. Energy companies increasingly are drilling for natural […]

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