Agriwater: Purifying the Most Polluted Water

Agriwater team from left to right: Karolina Guerrero, Bianca Bailey. (Not pictured Dinah Armstead and Nicole Adair).

780 million people do not have access to fecal free water and 35% of the world’s population lacks access to toilets connected to a proper sewer.

Every day 12 million tons of sewage, industrial, and agricultural pollution enter the world’s waterway. That equals the equivalent weight of 6.8 billion people. Most people do not know where their water comes from.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), penalties for dumping polluted water can range from $37,000 – $295,000 per day. However, this does not prevent the EPA from shutting down facilities and charging more than the cost of the penalties.

Agriwater’s smart clean water technology is a device that purifies the most polluted water from industrial and agricultural use. The device uses a machine-learning algorithm, electromagnetic fields, and the internet of things (IoT) to display, manage, store, and share water quality data seamlessly in real-time and over long-range distances.  

The clean water device uses zero-waste technology that removes unwanted heavy metals, pathogens, textile dyes, and sewage waste. Using the smart clean water device, the water can be recycled and reused.

Once the water quality data is collected and analyzed from sensors, the algorithm will notify the user of poor or good water quality promptly via the Agriwater app notifications.

Agriwater has a completed patent for a novel water treatment system that uses electricity to remove contaminants from water. The company also has a patent-pending product of hematite pellets used for the removal of phosphorus.

A word from Bianca Bailey, the Founder of Agriwater

Agriwater’s motivation stems from believing that “clean water” is an inalienable human right. Most importantly Agriwater intends to aid in reducing the 12 million tons of global pollution using our zero-waste electrolysis device. Reducing global pollution as it related to agriculture, would ultimately preserve our freshwater sources. 

By utilizing our technology, customers can recycle and reuse at least 30% of previously contaminated water while reducing the carbon footprint and saving an annual average of 1 million dollars in cost savings.

It is Agriwater’s intention to inform and empower our customers to be confident that their water is clean and meets the Clean Water Act of 1972. We want our customers to be able to further validate water purification with real-time data on water quality parameters such as pH, temperature, and heavy metals.

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting my Company

Bailey stated, “I wish I knew more about electronics, machine learning as well as creating compelling stories through scientific communication.” This is Bailey’s second time leading a company in the area of international development as it relates to water. 

In 2009, she was President of a non-profit called Engineers Without Borders, where the team implemented bio-sand filters into a rural agricultural community in Kenya. Through that experience, she learned much about fundraising and organizing international water implementation.

On July 14 2020, Agriwater will be hosting a virtual music concert over Facebook.

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