Water Tech Virtual Forum

Aaron Sauers

May 16  in Meetings & Events

Hi everyone,

Here’s my attempt at "distilling" the Commitments to Action on Building a Sustainable Water Future and Water Resource Challenges and Technology Innovation documents into usable topics for the Water Tech Virtual Forum. The original documents aren't well organized, so I’ve attempted to “condense” them into a few key themes. This is just a starting place for us to discuss what's missing and what, if anything, to discard.

 1. Hardware Technologies             

  • Materials with increased surface area and reactivity, that occur at the nanoscale, to increase water availability, improve water delivery and use efficiency and enable next-generation monitoring systems
  • Dry-cooling
  • Sensors (Example: Soil/Plant moisture sensors)
  • Water Desalination – Technologies enabling new sources of water
  • Water Filtration / Remediation
  • Water Security
  • Recycled Water Tech

2. Software / IT

  • Enhanced Data Collection / Economic Analysis
  • Monitoring, Forecasting, Early Warning (Useful for drought, flood, extreme weather, etc.)
  • Sensing
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Modeling (Flood, Algal Blooms, Crop growth
  • Data sharing, IT-supported collaboration, data synchronization, data visualization, mapping
  • Decision Support Tools (Groundwater extraction optimization, optimized pumping rates, optimized up-time to reduce energy cost, etc.)

3. Behavioral Initiatives

  • Awareness Campaigns
  • Conservation
  • Reduced / Improved Use
  • Water storage / Storm water storage
  • Improved Preparedness
  • Promotion of new investment models and market-based approaches to increase resilience and efficiency

4. Funding Initiatives

  • R&D that reduces the price and energy costs of new water supply technology
  • Early Scale Financing / Economic Development
  • Water Infrastructure (Government-sponsored dams, canals, storage, conveyance)
  • Public-Private Partnerships to leverage federal investment for new projects

5. Innovation Cluster Development (Public Private Partnerships & Incubators)

  • Encouraging collaboration among universities, public and private research centers, entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, manufacturers, and the energy industry (CWII, Confluence, H2OTech etc.)

6. Pilot-Scale Deployment/Demonstration Sites / Test-Beds Larger than lab-scale, smaller than commercial deployment Like User Facilities, but not just at FFRDCs. Also PPPs.