Innovative Conservation Program
In 2018, ManageWater Consulting was selected as one of 55 applicants and 12 awardees for the 2018 Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) with a grant from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Central Arizona Project, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Southern California Gas Company, and the Western Resource Advocates through Metropolitan’s ICP. The ICP provides funding for research to help document water savings and reliability of innovative water savings devices, technologies, and strategies.
Research, Review, Testing of Water Technologies
Purpose of program: to review and test innovative technologies and solutions for managing water resources to help improve the products or processes.
The power of real-time, factual information: Real-time metering and sub-metering for water are building blocks for understanding use patterns and managing resources. Aggregation of water use data from real-time metering provides scalable and timely information for California’s long-term and integrated planning.
Drone Projects and Ariel Imagery
Use of small unmanned aerial Systems (sUAS, drones) for aerial imagery and remote sensing is evolving into a productive and efficient tool. Uses of sUAS and integrated technologies are evolving fast for inspections, monitoring, and analysis of existing or new infrastructure. The high-quality imagery and low relative cost allow end users to perform frequent and timely flights to improve information for making decisions. Use cases include monitoring construction projects, inspecting canals, levees, dams, and pipelines for leaks.
Example projects include: monitoring construction of a college facility, mapping a fossil excavation site, using aerial and thermal imagery to detect water leaks from septic systems.
BAWSCA and Valley Water AMI Implementation Survey
ManageWater Consulting, Inc., in association with Don Schlenger and Associates, LLC., developed a comprehensive survey to find out from BAWSCA and VW agencies about their current status of AMI implementation, their readiness to implement it, and interest in collaboration on regional projects. The project’s goal was to explore specific opportunities for BAWSCA and VW agencies to collaborate on AMI implementation.
Twenty-nine BAWSCA and VW agencies responded to the survey. A summary of the information and its analysis was presented by ManageWater Consulting, Inc., at BAWSCA’s AMI workshop on March 27, 2019. The responses illuminate five main findings. Most importantly, for all agencies, meter data is used by diverse groups and fundamental for many similar end-uses.
Water Misers for Sterilizers
Collaboration with research facility engineers at Stanford University led to retrofits with water misers for inefficient sterilizers. The water miser technology saves water using a solenoid valve that detects heat when steam condensate is discharged and only then quenching with cold water.
Research and Review Regulations for Technology Startups
Review of technologies and regulatory framework for water efficiency in specific industries – dairy, breweries, textiles, finance, irrigation, metering, research laboratories – fast-tracked technology startup company to focus on the most productive technology, saving them time and cash.
Starting in 2017 until present, ManageWater reviews and advises about the current science and regulations related to climate change impacts on water resources. We provide updates on this topic for a law firm working on a national legal case specific to climate change and the government’s responsibility to its citizens.