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Musings on the unique blend of AI and water
04/09/2018
Predict Tomorrow’s Influent Flow With Today’s Data
Wastewater plant operations make important operational decisions based on the influent flow rate to the plant, and despite the ample availability of sensors, there is no accurate industry standard for predicting influent flow rate to the plant. Knowing the performance of a collection system is difficult because there are few industry-recognized benchmarks on what "performance" is and how it should be determined. Performance of sewer collection systems are often simply educated guesses. Quantifying the areas of highest inflow and infiltration…
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03/23/2018
Highlights from the 2018 Membrane Technology Conference
Back in March, I attended the opening day of the AWWA & AMTA Membrane Technology Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida to meet Pluto customers. I wanted to learn more about the challenges facing them and explore the new processes and solutions being employed to meet those challenges. The conference opened with an inspiring keynote address given by Water for People CEO, Eleanor Allen. Her speech offered a glimpse into the progress made through collaborative partnerships of social entrepreneurs around…
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03/22/2017
Pluto AI Raises $2.1M for Smart Water Management
On World Water Day, I'm excited to announce that we have raised $2.1M in funding from some of the top Silicon Valley VC firms including Refactor Capital (cofounded by David Lee of SV Angel and Zal Bilimoria of Andreessen Horowitz), Fall Line Capital (cofounded by Eric O’Brien of Lightspeed), 500 Startups, Unshackled Ventures, Jacob Gibson (cofounder of NerdWallet), and a few other amazing investors. With such an awesome team around us, 2017 is going to be fantastic. Pluto is an…
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03/12/2017
Four-Pronged Strategy For Asset Management In Water
When you look at the water treatment facilities, assets are very critical to their operations. These assets can be pumps, pipes, evaporators, chlorinators, and so on. Most of the inefficiencies like water leakage, monetary losses, or compliance related fines can be directly attributed to assets' performance. So why don't water facilities just replace the assets when they go down in efficiency? One of the biggest problems here is that assets are very expensive. Replacing them is not an option until…
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