Water Industry Innovation: Splitting, saving and suds


At LuminUltra we’re constantly striving to improve our own products and services to help our clients manage their water systems. As a part of our efforts to stay on the cutting edge we keep a close eye on what’s happening in the water industry. There is no part of the planet, no aspect of life that is not influenced by water. As such, people are continuously finding new ways to protect and use water resources. Here are a few recent items we’ve come across related to innovation in the water industry:

  • At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, researchers are developing technology that would use solar electricity to split water molecules and store the hydrogen in fuel cells.
  • Mega-brewer MillerCoors has set a goal of reducing the amount of water it uses to brew its beer. In the past, the ratio of water to beer was around 6:1. MillerCoors wants to get that down to 29:1 by 2020. Other major breweries are following suit.
  • Scientists at Kenya’s Meru University have developed a mobile application and irrigation system interface that monitors soil moisture and delivers the appropriate amount of water to crops. The technology allows farmers in an increasingly arid region to cut down on wasted water.
  • BwareIT, an Israeli company, is preparing to launch a smart home water meter. BrighTap will allow homeowners to monitor water usage in real time and also chart this usage with the idea that water savings could be found.

It’s interesting to note how many times necessity drives innovation. California, Kenya and Israel are all places that experience regular, if not chronic, water shortages.

These are only a few of the interesting things that are happening in the water industry, but technology is constantly evolving and we’ll continue to keep an eye on new developments.


Stacey Pineau

Clearly explaining complex topics has been Stacey’s focus for close to 25 years now. She helps plan how best to reach the right people, then works to provide them with relevant information that’s easy to understand. Stacey is a team player with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has broad experience that spans the private and public sectors. A lover of words, Stacey has a slightly irrational love of the library and a personal collection of way too many books and magazines. She lives in Fredericton with her husband Ray, their two children and dog Scouty.

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