posted at 23:50
Author: Katie Sola
Californias Water Innovation Problem
There's a startling lack of progress in water technology, be that new desalination systems, intelligent meters or water recycling. "There's not a lot of talent and innovation happening in water," said Dominique Gomez, director of market development at WaterSmart, a software company that intelligently analyzes noisy water data to give consumers better insight into their habits. "Far fewer people think about their water use, because water prices are so low," Barton Thompson, a professor of natural resources law at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment told Mashable. In her efforts to sell WaterSmart software to water utilities, Gomez discovered that "They're not really used to trying anything new." Developing the software was fairly easy, she said, but most water utilities have been doing the same thing for the last 50 or 60 years, and they're not used to the procurement process. In a recent paper titled The Path to Water Innovation, Thompson and his co-authors proposed that Western states should form Offices of Water Innovation. A California Office of Water Innovation would cut through the red tape involved in bringing new water tech to market, Gomez said. Higher water prices also drive consumers to save more water. Tyrone Jue of San Francisco Water said water shouldn't be a consumer good, priced according to demand.

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