Frank Burns explains how his time designing wastewater treatment plants led to the founding of a technology company that identifies water waste in the built environment. Frank gives a wide-ranging look at how water waste can be effectively managed (like inventory) with technology. Sharing his ultimate vision for the technology, Frank describes how water can become a central component of the smart cities movement and find significant sources of conserved supply within the existing water distribution system.
This episode also features a Bluefield on Tap segment with Keith Hays, co-founder and Vice President of Bluefield Research. Keith discusses the digital water/smart water movement in the water sector and identifies drivers of the trend.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- How Frank began eliminating water waste from the built environment
- Why water conservation plans failed over and over again without adequate technology
- Frank’s estimate of how much water consumption is waste
- What the common failure points for water conservation are in the built environment
- Why measurement and reporting are key to water conservation success
- How algorithms help identify water waste
- What “explain away syndrome” is
- Smart City water management and how to build it
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Apana Website
- Frank’s LinkedIn Page
- EPA Webpage on Combined Sewer Overflows
- TWV #041: Planting the Rain with Brad Lancaster (for a look at optimizing water usage via permaculture)
- TWV #034: A Smarter Way to Deliver Water with Peter Yolles
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