Partnership to Bring Machine Learning to Utilities Focused on Lead Line Replacement

Partnership to Bring Machine Learning to Utilities Focused on Lead Line Replacement

Megan Glover, CEO and co-founder of 120Water (left) and Eric Schwartz, co-founder of BlueConduit.

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120Water, a leading digital water platform, and BlueConduit, a pioneer of predictive analytics for water utilities, recently announced their strategic partnership to enhance water quality solutions and promote safe drinking water for communities across the country. This partnership will allow 120Water to utilize BlueConduit's predictive modeling inside its platform. Customers engaging with both 120Water and BlueConduit will experience a seamless integration between the two products, according to the companies. 

The collaboration between 120Water and BlueConduit combines their expertise and innovative technologies to address the pressing challenges faced by water utilities and primacy agencies tasked with managing compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. Through this partnership, the companies aim to deliver comprehensive and data-driven solutions that ensure the safety and reliability of drinking water systems. 

120Water offers a software platform, products and services that utilities, facilities and state agencies use to manage water quality programs. Their cloud-based system enables utilities to manage and monitor sampling programs, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and guidelines.

BlueConduit created the first data science approach to predict the presence of lead pipes in water systems and to optimize their removal. Facing incomplete records of service line materials, utilities use BlueConduit’s machine learning platform to predict the unknown materials of water service lines from limited verified information. Utilities leverage model predictions to guide replacement and compliance priorities to target areas with highest risk of lead lines. 

"Partnering with BlueConduit aligns perfectly with our mission to bring best-in-breed solutions to water utilities and state agencies," says Megan Glover, CEO and co-founder of 120Water. "By bringing BlueConduit into our preferred partner network, we are incorporating their predictive analytics capabilities into our platform and will empower utilities to address lead contamination risks and protect public health proactively."

"BlueConduit is thrilled to collaborate with 120Water, creating one more avenue for us to advance our mission of enabling communities to prioritize health and sustainability through data science," says Eric Schwartz, co-founder of BlueConduit. "By offering our service line predictive modeling product also within their platform, we will expand our impact to support more water utilities to get lead out efficiently and equitably."

BlueConduit and 120Water are both inaugural partners in the Biden-Harris Get the Lead Out Partnership announced in February of this year. Working with the federal government and a coalition of states, Tribes, local communities, water utilities, labor unions and nongovernmental organizations, BlueConduit and120Water will advance a shared set of principles and a commitment to accelerating lead service line replacement.

Combined, the two companies are inventorying over 5 million service lines that impact more than 12 million people.


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