Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for smart cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising groundwater management startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Groundwater Management Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of water management. For this research, we identified 74 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies are chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative groundwater management solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 74 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
iFlux – Groundwater Sampling Technology
Groundwater accounts for nearly one-third of global freshwater resources. Over the decades, the expansion of household and agricultural waste, and industrial effluent draining into the ground, have contaminated the quality of groundwater. Startups are working on solutions to detect the level and type of ground pollution to then implement suitable groundwater recharge techniques.
Belgian startup iFlux provides groundwater contamination sampling technology. This startup utilizes its patented water cartridges that contain a set of water-soluble resident tracers that independently leach into the groundwater, according to the flow conditions. This makes it possible for the startup to measure the flow velocity and spreading of groundwater contamination. Unlike traditional methods, the iFlux directly monitors the speed and direction of contamination in groundwater to determine the dispersion risks of soil contamination.
AquaSense – Digital Groundwater Level Measurement
In many countries, households and businesses alike are having to dig deeper to find groundwater. This causes a waste of time and money by digging in the wrong places. Further, the people depending on the new water source face a continuing hardship. This drives startups from various countries to develop smart measurement solutions for groundwater.
Indian startup AquaSense offering digital groundwater level measurement devices, called Statometer. This device uses indigenously designed patented signal processing algorithms of acoustic waves for ensuring accurate measurements. Also called a Digital Water Level Recorder (DWLR), this system is suitable for use in piezometer wells and tube wells for measurement of water level data.
NuWater – Fracture-Enhanced Secondary Permeability
Advancements in the geological understanding of the earth’s groundwater flow process allow emerging companies to accelerate innovation. In water-stressed regions of the world, accurately finding water resources within regulatory frameworks hinders businesses from different industries. New methods for recharging groundwater improve profitability as well as the capacity to accurately find water.
The US-based startup NuWater develops proprietary technology to manage new sustainable and unique sources of groundwater. Combined with traditional groundwater development the startup offers oil & gas, industrial, and agricultural customers, as well as municipalities, to substantially diversify and take control of their water portfolio. The startup’s megawatershed paradigm controls groundwater flow with fracture-enhanced secondary permeability.
bio2clean – Sustainable Groundwater Remediation
One of the emerging solutions to tackle ground pollution, especially organic pollutants, is bioremediation. Phytoremediation, a subsect of bioremediation, utilizes some plants’ microorganisms to remove pollutants from soil, water, or sediment through degradation, extraction, transformation, or volatilization. Emerging water technology companies are working to scale such soil and ground remediation techniques to eventually recharge groundwater.
Belgian startup bio2clean is developing a sustainable technique for soil and groundwater remediation. The startup employs a phytoremediation technique that utilizes bacteria to further optimize the phytoremediation process. bio2clean currently focuses on improving industrial sites with organic contamination such as oil, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX), metal and related contamination, and cyanide, among others.
Best Paani – Groundwater Recharge
Groundwater also recharges naturally in most terrain by simply seeping back into the earth. However, in urban areas and other water-stressed regions, new mechanisms are under development to facilitate the re-entry of water into the ground. Aside from being a useful technique for water storage, rainwater harvesting also offers solutions for groundwater recharge.
Based out of Nepal, Best Paani designs and builds sustainable water systems for rainwater, drinking water, recycled water, wastewater, groundwater, and aquifer water. For groundwater, the startup employs injection wells to recharge drinking water borewells utilizing v-wire technology. After an initial runoff tank, rainwater passes through a filter into a borewell. The water first seeps into the ground at the end of the well, and later fills up for water storage. This ensures that the groundwater is replenished before storage, in turn, ensuring a sustainable recharge cycle.
What About The Other 69 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence that enables you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 groundwater management solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 74 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.