Water, water, everywhere, but…maybe not for long. Climate scientists say that within the next few decades the water crisis could see millions of humans without access to the H2O we so desperately need to survive. In the interests of staving off (or at least preparing for) the impending water shortage, many in the clean tech industry are searching for ways to clean, catch, and conserve more of this precious resource.
Each year, non-profit Imagine H2O holds a business plan competition dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to turn water challenges into opportunities. The finalists for this year’s competition have just been announced, and the diversity of ideas and gadgets is worth a scroll through. Who knows? One of these technologies may find its way into your plumbing system in the very near future.
Over 70 startup companies from 12 countries submitted entries related to this year’s competition theme, Consumer Innovations, but only nine were lucky enough to make it to the final round. Here are some of our favorites:
Flush-Master (Corona, CA) www.flush-master.com
This stainless steel retrofit toilet flapper is designed to address a very basic, yet large, source of lost water. According to the American Water Association, one out of five toilets are leaking today because of faulty toilet flappers.
PaveDrain, LLC (Greenfield, WI) www.pavedrain.com
Mitigating storm water through arched paving bricks, PaveDrain incorporates an arch design in the middle of an articulating concrete block to create an internal storage chamber that can be filled with storm-water runoff while simultaneously providing strength for heavy vehicular loads.
Celsius Global Solutions (Trune, Scotland) www.jompy.co.uk
The Jompy water boiler is a simple, easy to use device that allows the user to cook food and boil water simultaneously, so saving on fuel and time spent over an open fire. The Jompy will pasteurize contaminated water reducing the chance of water borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.
The nine finalists will now advance to a second round where they will compete for over $200,000 in cash and in-kind services. Imagine H2O’s judging panel of the water sector’s leading experts, based their selection of the finalists on market opportunity, customer value proposition, go-to market strategy, financial plan, and general quality of presentation and pitch. The overall results will be announced during events leading up to International World Water Day 2013 in March.