Can Technology Keep Our Heads Above Water?

Even though water makes up 71% of the Earth’s surface, we’re facing a global water shortage. Not only is water essential for sanitation, drinking, and cooking, it’s necessary for agriculture, industrial activities, recreation, and healthy environmental ecosystems. Without water, Earth would be just another lifeless rock floating in space.

“2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation.”
—United Nations Water

The opportunities for water innovation are endless, from supply and distribution to purification and conservation. Take a look at these 3 exponential companies from the SU Community that are diving deep into developing solutions that will ensure ample and safe water for all people.

Bacteria Sensors

FREDsense combines genetic engineering and electrochemistry to turn bacteria into powerful, cost-effective sensors for water quality monitoring. Their sensors reduce the time it takes to test water for contaminants from weeks to minutes, allowing everyone to know if their water is clean.

Detection Algorithms

WaterQuest developed an artificial intelligence-based proprietary algorithm that enables the discovery, access, and management of naturally desalinated water sources. This creates sustainable alternative water sources, independent of ground and surface water, in water scarce regions.

Desalination Ships

WatershipBlue uses ships to deliver desalinated water using proven desalination technology and green technology. Power is generated using gas turbines and other clean energy, with water and power transferred to shore through subsea pipelines connected to local grids.


Read more about the Water Global Grand Challenge on Singularity Hub:
The Next Water Crisis Is Looming — How Can Tech Help?

Learn more about the SU Labs Startup Accelerator.

We know that breakthrough technologies in space exploration, clean tech, nanotechnology, environmental technology, and hard sciences will improve the lives of billions. If you’re working in these areas, the SU Labs Startup Accelerator might be the place to advance your mission. Our third cohort starts in February 2017, and we’re accepting applications for Space, Energy & Hard Sciences startups now.