Webinar: Levels of Service

The American Public Works Association is hosting its next Click, Listen & Learn Webinar on Thursday, Jan 22, 2022 Register Now! for 0.1 CEU Credits, free of charge to APWA and non-APWA members during January and February Time: 11AM EST, 10AM CST, 9AM MST, 8AM PST About the Webinar BlueConduit will speak at the upcoming […]

Meet the Team: Raanan Gurewitsch

Raanan is BlueConduit’s Data Scientist, R&D. Here’s a quick Q&A with Raanan. Why did you join BlueConduit? I joined BlueConduit because I believe that accessible, safe drinking water is a human right. Everyday myself and so many others take for granted the abundance of clean water we have access to. So working for a company […]

Video: BlueConduit and Innovation Partnerships

January 2022 – The University of Michigan Research News featured BlueConduit and the University of Michigan’s Innovation Partnerships. The story, titled “Locating Lead: BlueConduit & Innovation Partnerships” featured BlueConduit co-founder Eric Schwartz and Kelly Sexton, the Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan.

Webinar: Virtual Municipal Forum Jan 20, 2022

BlueConduit will moderate the Virtual Municipal Forum (VMF) on Trenchless Technology on Thursday Jan 20, 2022 at 1PM-3PM Central time. This virtual event is hosted by the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University. Register now ($40 + service fee) to attend the online virtual municipal forum. Participants may obtain 0.2 CEUs upon request and […]

BlueConduit selected for Urban Water Challenge

Water innovation accelerator Imagine H2O announced its Urban Water Challenge Cohort IV. We’re so proud to be included as one of the six finalists. According to the Urban Water Challenge Cohort IV announcement, The Challenge gives new urban water tech a powerful opportunity to shine on a global stage — and provides communities with a […]

Webinar: APWA Machine Learning and Cloud Platforms – Water and Sewer Pipes

BlueConduit will present at the American Public Works Association (APWA) webinar on AI/Machine Learning and Cloud Platforms – Water & Sewer Pipes tomorrow, January 13, 2022 at 11AM Eastern, 10 Central, 9 Mountain, and 8 Pacific. Register Now! The Event, which offers 0.1 CEU Credits, is sponsored by the APWA Engineering and Technology Committee. From […]

E&E News Greenwire on BlueConduit and the Lead and Copper Rule

Updated: Dec 26, 2021 In an article on the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule and upcoming Federal funding for infrastructure, E&E News’ Hannah Northey quoted BlueConduit’s co-founder Eric Schwartz. The challenge for using the funding efficiently will be the uncertainty in the location of the lead service lines affecting people’s drinking water. “The fact that we […]

BlueConduit and SimpleLab Team Up to Find and Remove Lead from U.S. Drinking Water

Collaboration combines predictive machine-learning technologies with the largest U.S. water quality testing and data platform (Berkeley, CA) December 8, 2021—A new water quality alliance between BlueConduit and SimpleLab will enable water utilities and engineering consultants to meet their water testing requirements and inventory lead service lines through a more cost-effective and efficient process. “BlueConduit and […]

BlueConduit Named One of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2021

Updated: Nov 12, 2021 Each year, TIME highlights inventions that make the world better, smarter, and more fun. This year, the news organization selected BlueConduit’s predictive model technology to determine service line materials and limit lead exposure as one of the best inventions of 2021 in the sustainability category. BlueConduit’s proven data-driven technology helps cities and […]

State Recovery Now playbook for getting the lead out

The $350 billion enacted for state and local aid in the American Rescue Plan Act is the largest amount of flexible federal funding ever approved by Congress. BlueConduit’s team authored a policy playbook as part of the State Recovery Now, a program of America Achieves, about how policymakers can leverage this unprecedented opportunity to address […]

Fast Company: We don’t know where all the lead pipes are. BlueConduit’s tool helps find them

Fast Company detailed how BlueConduit’s software helps address pressing questions that cities hoping to replace their lead services lines must confront, highlighting the recently announced Google.org-supported collaboration between BlueConduit, NRDC, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice. “When the city of Flint, Michigan, started to replace lead service lines in 2016—two years after mismanagement of the […]

Google Grant Advances BlueConduit’s Mission to Identify and Remove Lead Service Lines

It’s an exciting day for BlueConduit! Google.org announced an award of $3 million in grants to our new project, the BlueConduit Charitable Fund, and two non-profits, the Natural Resources Defense Council and WE ACT for Environmental Justice. This grant supports the equitable replacement of lead service lines (LSLs) nationwide. We’ll use those funds to create […]

Crain’s: BlueConduit sees growth opportunity with infrastructure bill

The $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure bill includes billions of dollars of funding for lead service line replacement. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to upgrade aging infrastructure. Crain’s Detroit Business published a story about how BlueConduit allows water systems to answer two critical questions when it comes to applying for funding and replacing their lead service […]

Day One Project Whitepaper

Replacing lead pipes

American Rescue Plan Funding: A Playbook for Efficiently Getting the Lead Out Lead is a neurotoxin that continues to harm communities across the country. Though new uses of lead in paint, gasoline, and pipes have been banned for several decades, lead in legacy products and materials remains in communities, posing an ongoing threat to human […]

American City & County: Lead-Free Challenge

Five municipalities across the US have been selected by the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) for a lead pipe replacement program. These cities will receive assistance spanning technical resources, introductions to funders and guidance as part of EPIC’s Lead-Free Water Challenge. According to American City & County: Approximately 11,000 communities across the country have lead […]

Helping Detroit Get the Lead Out

Helping Detroit Get the Lead Out: Kresge Foundation Promotes Efficient and Equitable Lead Abatement Efforts by Supporting the Use of BlueConduit’s Machine Learning Technology Ann Arbor, MI – June 3, 2021 – The Kresge Foundation has awarded BlueConduit a grant to help the Detroit Water & Sewage Department (DWSD) improve the efficiency and equitability of […]

Flyover Future: BlueConduit tech stems a public health crisis

In a conversation with Flyover Future, our managing director, Ian Robinson, talked about how BlueConduit’s technology is helping cities accelerate their lead service line replacement programs How does machine learning detect where the lead pipes are located? Robinson: We train a model based on what the cities have in terms of verified data. That data […]

BlueConduit and The Rockefeller Foundation partner

The Rockefeller Foundation and BlueConduit Partner to Improve Community Health by Developing Efficient and Cost-Effective Lead Service Line Replacement Programs Ann Arbor, MI – April 1, 2021 – Leveraging the power of machine learning, BlueConduit, a water analytics company, and The Rockefeller Foundation have partnered to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of lead service line […]

Federal Funding Sources

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In recent weeks, the Federal Government has identified various funding opportunities for water infrastructure projects with an emphasis on lead abatement. BlueConduit can support your effort to access federal funding for lead service line inventory and replacement. The following federal programs are in various stages of review and approval. Updates on their status are available […]

Michigan CDSMI

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Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Drinking Water, and Environmental Health Division (EGLE) released its Complete Distribution System Materials Inventory (CDSMI) Overview and Minimum Service Line Material Verification Requirements. As part of its guidance, EGLE says “Water supplies are not expected to physically verify every service line, but rather a statistically sound subset. […]

Video: City of Toledo and BlueConduit

Updated: Feb 23 March, 2021 – Patekka Bannister, Commissioner of Plant Operations at the City of Toledo, Ohio, and BlueConduit’s Ian Robinson spoke with CG/LA’s Norman F. Anderson. They discussed how the City of Toledo is Fighting Lead Lines with AI. Highlight We want to make sure that with BlueConduit’s help, we’re maximizing our resources. We […]

BlueConduit in Water Online: How the New Lead and Copper Rule Could Impact You

EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions will put increased oversight on water utilities when the rules come into effect. BlueConduit co-founders Eric Schwartz and Jake Abernethy wrote a column in Water Online about how these revisions will impact water utilities and steps that utilities can take today to be ready for the rule’s implementation. Among […]

NPR Science Friday: BlueConduit’s algorithm helps cities find lead pipes

BlueConduit co-founder and U-M professor Eric Schwartz appeared on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss how his team works with cities to locate lead pipes. In the conversation Schwartz talked to NPR’s Ira Flatow and Freshwater Future’s Alexis Smith about the use of predictive models to locate lead service lines and the importance of community participation […]

Federal Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its first major revision to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) on December 16, 2021. The new LCR prioritizes protecting children from the dangers of lead exposure and introduces changes designed to expedite the removal of lead from drinking water in the most at-risk communities across the country. Service […]