Last year, California's drought cost our economy over $2 billion and 20,000 jobs. In this article, Steve Westly and Scott Bryan discuss the solutions that Silicon Valley's innovators and entrepreneurs are developing to address the next great resource challenge — a secure supply of clean water.
San Jose is the latest Bay Area city to partner with WaterSmart Software, a program that monitors water usage and sends residents a report every other month comparing their consumption to homes of a similar size.
WaterSmart, founded in 2009, has already proven its effectiveness. When the East Bay Municipal Utility District introduced the service to 10,000 residential customers in 2012, those households quickly cut water use by 5 percent.
The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards Coalition has announced WaterSmart Software as a winner in its 2015 contest to reward creative and technological approaches to conserving water in the San Mateo, Santa Clara and southern Alameda counties.
WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform water meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports
WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports that are mailed directly to homeowners or made accessible via the Web and mobile devices.