There have been some interesting happenings in the water technology industry in recent weeks. As companies around the world work to solve water problems of one sort or another, some truly inventive ideas come to light. Here’s a quick rundown of some particularly interesting developments we’ve come across:
- In Switzerland, robotics company EPFL Biorob has developed a robotic eel that can ‘swim’ around a body of water searching for pollution. The eel’s body is made up of easily replaceable modules that can detect different types of biological and chemical toxicity. Results are transmitted in real time to a land-based computer without the need to retrieve the eel.
- Island Water Technologies of Prince Edward Island, Canada is working towards bringing a fully solar-powered modular wastewater treatment system to market. The developers have one system in operation at a remote Algerian mining facility and are also currently testing their technology with the Canadian Armed Forces.
- Japanese industrial giant, Hitachi, recently completed an assessment and upgrade of the water supply system in Oliena, Sardinia, Italy. Through its water/energy subsidiary, Aulos, the company completed the project using an innovative program of pressure management and air control. Ultimately, water loss was reduced by more than 50 per cent and the energy savings realized from more infrequent pump operation meant that project costs were recouped within a year.
- Utilis is also working to eliminate water leaks through more accurate detection. The Israel-based company has developed technology that can analyze satellite imagery to quickly find pipe leaks across an entire town or city. For municipalities that struggle with the costs associated with aging infrastructure and water loss, this kind of preemptive tool could mean big savings and shorter outage periods.
Although these companies are using vastly different methodologies, they have one thing in common. They’re all working to eliminate waste – wasted time, wasted energy and especially wasted water. At LuminUltra, we too are working to help our clients protect their water resources in the most efficient way possible. We’ve built our products with the understanding that fast, accurate measurement is essential in detecting and solving microbiological issues.