Posted on http://www.djcline.com 7-14-2009
On July 14, 2009 at SAP in Palo Alto, SDForum and Astia hosted “Clean Tech Breakfast #3: World Water Crisis: Technology Based Solutions”. Lisa Cole of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Will Coleman of Mohr Davidow Ventures, Rick DeGolia of Environmental Entrepreneurs, Victor Hwang of T2 Venture Capital, Tamin Pechet of Catamount Ventures, and Laura Shenkar of The Artemis Project.
Civilizations run on water and we are facing a worldwide water crisis. Millions of people compete with industry and agriculture for access to safe drinking water. In California over ninety percent of the water goes to irrigation the rest for urban centers. All of it is delivered through an aging infrastructure. In Boston half the water never reaches its destination due to leaky pipes. It also takes energy. Almost twenty percent of the electricity in California is used to pump water to the Los Angeles Basin.
Small improvements in the way we use water can reap huge dividends. Water saving toilets can cut consumption in half. If less snow is stored in the mountains for use in the summer, big improvements can be made in reservoirs and underground storage.
Much more can be done. Leaks can be found and plugged. Software can track water usage and help distribute it more efficiently. Gray water can be sent through purple pipes to water lawns. Better yet, we can xeriscape and reduce demand even more. Technology can purify and recycle water or desalinize it. We are drowning in opportunities to save water and make money.