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Las Vegas: Doubling-down on water innovation technology


When you think about Las Vegas, what comes to mind? Gambling for sure, maybe Cirque du Soleil or even the city’s pro hockey team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Your first thought however, probably has nothing to do with water technology. But, if city leaders have their way, that might change.

Being the driest state in the US, state economic development authorities saw Nevada as an ideal place to test innovative water conservation tools. So, in 2013, the state government created WaterStart. Essentially, WaterStart is a business incubator that provides funding and support to companies that want to set up in Nevada in order to develop and commercialize water technologies. The agency also partners with two of the state’s largest water authorities, MGM Resorts and a major agriculture company, Winnemucca Farms. These organizations help choose the companies that are ultimately funded and act as potential customers for any technology that proves to be viable. The funding grants, which range from $25,000 to $100,000, go towards supporting a wide range of initatives including: the testing of new technology, demonstration projects and technical support.

The project has turned out to be a great success. Eleven companies have set up in Nevada to develop their technology under the WaterStart program. Organizations currently taking part include:

In fact earlier this year, the state renewed its commitment to WaterStart by providing $1.6 million in additional funding.

At LuminUltra, we recognize the importance of innovation across all aspects of the water industry. Only by coming up with better ways to manage our water resources can we hope to protect them for future use. We put this belief in innovation into practice as well. We are always striving to apply our technical experience and industry leading 2nd generation ATP monitoring technology as a preventative measure or to solve whatever problems our clients are experiencing.


LuminUltra Team

Founded in 1995, LuminUltra is a global leader in applied molecular biology diagnostics, with solutions and services that deliver accurate and actionable feedback in bioprocessing, biofouling, and biosecurity applications. With operations in six countries, LuminUltra serves dozens of Fortune 500 customers across more than 100 countries. At the same time, LuminUltra fosters a culture of innovation and agility, working tirelessly to deliver more value to customers. In recent years it has been on an accelerated growth path, acquiring multiple companies after forming a partnership with XPV Water Partners.  

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