120Water and BlueConduit announce partnership to bring ML to utilities focused on finding and replacing lead service lines

Digital water platform 120Water and BlueConduit, a water analytics company, have announced their strategic partnership to enhance water quality solutions and promote safe drinking water for communities across US. This partnership will allow 120Water to utilise BlueConduit predictive modelling inside its platform. Customers engaging with both 120Water and BlueConduit will experience a seamless integration between the two products.

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

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

BlueConduit is said to have created the first data science approach to predict the presence of lead pipes in water systems and to optimise their removal. Facing incomplete records of service line materials, utilities use BlueConduit machine learning (ML) 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 high risk of lead lines.

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“Partnering with BlueConduit aligns with our mission to bring solutions to water utilities and state agencies,” said 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.”

Eric Schwartz, co-founder of BlueConduit, added, “By offering our service line predictive modelling product also within their platform, we will expand our impact to support more water utilities to get lead out 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.