Decentralised Blockchain Meets Distributed Water

Decentralised Blockchain Meets Distributed Water

At a recent meet-up in California, Ethereum Classic Labs (ETC Labs) discussed the successes of their blockchain accelerator program to date and listened to presentations from other projects pitching for grants, investment or access to be part of the new cohort on the program itself.

Among the leading contenders are Agua Via who are attempting to tackle clean water scarcity through implementing advanced membrane technology and minimal infrastructure to enable distributed solutions that can scale from regional applications down to community or even individual household level.

Agua Via have a track record of innovative design and claim their one-atomic-layer thick membrane can provide high volume, low cost and high purity water “…from any water source, no matter how contaminated.”

Cleaner and More Efficient

Last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reported how blockchain would revolutionise the water sector whilst at the same time bringing positive results for the environment and conservation. Highlighted among a long list of potential benefits was blockchain’s ability to enable “… the transition to cleaner and more efficient decentralised systems.”  

Peer-to-peer trading of resources, transparent supply chain management and micro-payment options are seen by many within the industry as integral to the future of water provision as they are for the energy sector.

Agua Via, who were founded by Martin Edelstein, the creator of the innovative membrane and Gayle Pergamit who specialises in disruptive technologies, are backed by a team that includes industry specialists such as the company Chairman, Jeremy Pelczer, former CEO at both Thames Water in the U.K. and the largest U.S. water company, American Water.

The new phase (Cohort III) of the ETC Labs accelerator program is scheduled to begin in February 2020.