WaterSmart Innovations 2014: Lessons Learned

It’s all about innovation
It’s in the name, but it bears repeating. The water utility industry has a bit of a bad rap for lacking innovation, and being decades behind its energy utility counterparts. But what I learned from WSI is that innovation in water has arrived!

And I don’t just mean tech innovation. The exhibitors and speakers at WSI were great examples of this. Sure, there was some incredible technology. The Toro sprinkler heads the size of your finger that contain over 50 separate micro-gears to maximize irrigation efficiency? Awesome. The Deep Drip watering stakes that get water to your tree’s roots without it evaporating away? Super cool. There were many great technologies on display that smart people have developed to save water. But there were other, equally important kinds of innovation too. Here are just a few examples.

  • AMWUA’s public outreach innovation. Their #SmartPig social media campaign has
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Welcome to the WaterSmart blog

I want to take a moment to welcome you to the new WaterSmart Software blog. We’ve been contemplating starting a blog for some time now, and with the redesign of our website, it felt like the perfect opportunity to get started.

I founded WaterSmart Software with Rob Steiner five years ago with the mission to change the way the world uses water. Since that time, we’ve seen some incredible things transpire, both good and bad. We’ve built a world-class technology platform to help water utilities and their customers save water and money. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have 29 utility partners to work with and learn from. And with help from our investors, we’ve built an amazing team of motivated and passionate individuals. We’ve seen the beginnings of a paradigm shift in the water industry where the customer is becoming a partner in the effort to improve water-use efficiency through … see more