California Innovation and Meeting the Water Challenge

California is a global leader in innovation and can leverage this strength to meet the increasing demand for water solutions, particularly given the state’s extreme drought and relatively high water use. The report starts with an overview of how California’s water use compares to other states and California’s water usage trends, then focuses on innovation in the water industry and how it can shape the future of water management.

Data, Data, Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

One company at the forefront of the residential sector is San Francisco–based WaterSmart, whose data is behind what Sonke saw on his bill. WaterSmart combs through about 760 million data points per hour and boils it down to the information residents receive.

Water Management’s High Tech Future

Technological advances are playing a significant role in many aspects of water management. For example, software like WaterSmart allows customers to better understand their water use habits and potentially revise them.

Can Data Impact the Drought?

Startups like WaterSmart Software work with utilities to analyze smart meter data and communicate personalized recommendations to customers about how they can improve water-use efficiency and save money.

WaterSmart Pulls Water Savings from the Cloud

WaterSmart is one of a small band of IT companies that hope to improve a water utility’s performance by strengthening its brain. WaterSmart pairs data collected by water utilities with weather forecasts and information on family size and lot size to provide tailored reports on water use by household.

Thinking Outside the Pipe

Building up local or regional sources of water would also help reduce the amount of energy required to ship water long distances, said Dominique Gomez, representing WaterSmart, a San Francisco-based company that aims to improve global water-use efficiency.