On December 15 water innovators and leaders from around the country participated in a roundtable discussion on water innovation at the White House in DC. Anfiro was proud to be one of the companies invited to participate in the discussion of how the federal government can help increase the pace of water innovation and adoption of new water technologies.
In the opening panel Secretary Sally Jewell (Dept. of the Interior), Dr. John Holdren (Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy), and Ali Zaidi (Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science Programs from the Office of Management and Budget) talked about some of the challenges to increasing innovation. Dr. Holdren specifically highlighted several promising areas for water innovation including: sensor technology for leak detection in pipes, novel pipe materials, and increased use and improvement of desalination technology.
Desalination technology was a prominent theme throughout the event, and appears to be a strong focus of the administration's plan to address the nation's water problems. The roundtable discussion was an initial step into what is expected to grow into a larger water initiative across many government offices. As a next step the White House will be hosting a Water Summit on March 22, 2016. At Anfiro we are glad to see the government taking important steps in supporting water innovation. We look forward to continuing this engagement and contributing to this important national conversation.