Israeli-based WellToDo has reached an agreement with WaterStart and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to conduct a nine-month pilot-scale treatment system for nitrate removal, starting in November. Following the successful completion of WaterStart’s request for proposal process and a series of meetings with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), SNWA and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), WellToDo’s innovative water treatment technology will now enter Nevada’s largest water utility network for testing.
The pilot program will evaluate the performance of WellToDo’s catalytic reduction water treatment technology aimed at reducing nitrate concentrations at select groundwater wells in the Las Vegas Valley. The testing protocol is being developed in coordination with this company, SNWA, LVVWD and Corona Environmental Consulting. Data from the pilot program will be used to further evaluate the technology and provide a benchmark compared to other treatment systems and processes.
One key benefit and innovation with the WellToDo system is its ability to remove nitrate and other groundwater contaminants without wasting water. The advanced technology system chemically converts contaminants to non-polluting compounds, without producing a waste stream of brines, concentrates or other byproducts, which conserves water and increases the system’s efficiency. Nitrate is one of the most common groundwater pollutants in the world and drinking nitrate-contaminated water can cause severe health issues.
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. The organization provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers, including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers, and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region.