Innovations will benefit public water systems
The new water innovation strategy, known informally as a "moonshot for water," is a two-part strategy that includes investing in breakthrough R&D to reduce the costs of new water supply technologies and improving water sustainability through existing technologies. By utilizing existing technologies to implement better water management practices, the US has the potential to unlock water savings up to 33 percent.
As a part of the new water innovation strategy, the US Interior Department also launched a new Center for Natural Resources Investment. The new Center will focus on three objectives to improve water scarcity challenges: increase investments to support water supply resiliency in the Western US, rehabilitate aging
Reducing water consumption by 33 percent is possible
Kamstrup, a leader in ultrasonic smart metering, joins this historic Water Summit as part of a consortium of leading Danish water technology companies who will present its solutions in support of the US’s pursuit of private-public partnerships for improved water efficiency. In Denmark, the average non-revenue water for water systems is 8%, and many best –performing utilities reach levels as low at 4-5%. Also a best practice in Denmark is water systems generating more energy from cleaning wastewater than they use on cleaning and distributing water.
As a part of the presentation that will be delivered to President Barack Obama and more than 200 of the country's most important decision-makers, it includes a model of a water distribution system—built with 20,000 LEGO bricks—that will support the demonstration of smart water innovations . The LEGO model water system is complete with a groundwater supply source, wastewater treatment plants, a five-foot-tall skyscraper, and a hovering helicopter.
The consortium behind the LEGO model consists of experts in leak detection Leif Koch, experts in groundwater mapping SKYTEM, meter manufacturer Kamstrup, Ramboll, experts in hydraulic DHI, valve company AVK, Danfoss, Grundfos, Danish Water technology Group, Danish Waterworks, DANVA, Exhibition Centre Herning and State of Green, Denmark's green marketing consortium who have been given the opportunity to showcase Danish products and know-how on the water summit "moonshot for water", which is organized in connection with World Water Day.