Webinar: State-level Inventory Compliance

Meeting State LSLI and Predictive Modeling Requirements: What You Need to Know With the LSLI compliance deadline of Oct. 16 approaching quickly, many questions have been asked about inventory compliance at both the federal and state level. To help answer those questions, BlueConduit hosted a webinar on May 23, 2024. Our presenters were Ian Robinson, […]

How Can AI Help Make Drinking Water Safe?

All water utilities face an October 2024 deadline to inventory their water lines. By using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), utilities can drastically save time, money, and reduce field excavation. ICYMI: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) with the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements […]

Video: Kristy McGrath talks LSLI at WEFTEC

WaterWorld’s Editor-in-Chief Mandy Crispin chats with BlueConduit’s VP of Sales Kristy McGrath in this video interview from WEFTEC 2023. The two discussed the upcoming EPA Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) deadline of October 2024. They spoke at the October 2023 WEFTEC conference in Chicago, Illinois. Watch the full video on the WaterWorld website. Here links […]

Video: Detroit Water & Sewerage Department and BlueConduit

My name is Bryan Peckinpaugh. I’m the Public Affairs Director for the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, and I’ve been part of the Lead Service Line Replacement Program since we launched it in 2018. We are a city of single-family homes, so there are a lot of individual lead service lines. We have more than […]

Video: White House Get the Lead Pipe Summit Panel

On Friday, January 27, the Biden-Harris Administration held a White House Replacing Lead Pipes Summit. BlueConduit’s co-Founder Eric Schwartz attended the event in person, and BlueConduit signed onto the Get the Lead Out Partnership. Hear a Family’s Story Close to the end of the Summit broadcast, Ms. Deanna Branch stood to give her testimony about […]

Video: Finding and Replacing Lead Service Lines is No Simple Task

Replacing Lead Service Lines with Predictive Modeling Video Transcript There are believed to be 6 to 10 million lead service lines in use throughout the United States. These lead lines continue to be the primary source of lead contamination in our drinking water. But finding and replacing these lead lines is no simple task. We […]

Video: Smart Water Equity: Data-Enabled Affordability and Justice

On November 9, 2022, the Cleveland Water Alliance held its November 2022 Water Data Forum on smart water equity. The discussion, hosted by Max Herzog of Cleveland Water Alliance, explored systemic injustices in the world of water, decision making and funding on a federal level, the importance of community outreach and visibility and whether the […]

Video: BlueConduit on ASDWA Tech for LSL Inventories and Mapping Webinar

On November 10, 2022, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) held the first in a series of webinars on LSL Implementation Tools and Best Practices (series info). BlueConduit’s co-Founder Eric Schwartz shared what we have learned in our work. Here’s the video, cued up to Eric’s section where he gave an overview of […]

Video: AI vs. Lead on Waterloop Podcast

Recently our co-CEO and co-founder, Eric Schwartz, gave an extensive interview with Travis Loop on the Waterloop Podcast. Travis and Eric discussed the relationship between A.I., machine learning, predictive modeling and lead pipes. In case you missed it, here is a breakdown of that conversation between Travis and Eric. The interview started off with Eric […]

Video: Buffalo Lead Service Line Removal Event Recording

On July 20, 2022, community groups, Buffalo Water, and environmental organizations, and BlueConduit announced a project to map and remove lead service lines in Buffalo, New York. BlueConduit is proud to power the data science and platform for the effort. Watch the full recording. Project participants and speakers at the event: Stephanie Simeon from Heart […]

Video: Spotlight on America on how AI can help communities with lead pipes

Spotlight on America’s Duane Pohlman, Alex Brauer, and Andrea Nejman traveled to Michigan to investigate the issue of hazardous lead pipes in our drinking water system. They came to Ann Arbor to talk to BlueConduit’s co-Founder and co-CEO Eric Schwartz, and they filmed lead service line replacements in Detroit, courtesy of the Detroit Water and […]

Video: LCRR 30-Minute Lunch and Learn Webinar

Got questions about the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR)? BlueConduit’s Sheela Lal gave us answers in a brief, to-the-point 30 minute webinar on May 25, 2022. Sheela presented what is required of public water systems, by when, and how to get started. You will learn how to approach organizing the data needed to create […]

Toledo Announces City-wide Lead Service Line Replacement Plan

March 8, 2022 – Toledo, Ohio Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Director of Public Utilities Ed Moore, City Council member Nick Komives, and members of the City Water announced their plan to use $10 million in American Recovery Plan Act COVID-19 relief funding to replace all lead service lines in the city. The leadership of the […]

Video: Lead Service Line Predictions in Benton Harbor

March 8, 2022 – Scientific American just published a video “AI Helps Small City Pull Toxic Lead Water Service Lines from the Ground Faster“. Aaron Martin interviews Reverend Edward Pinkney, President of the Benton Harbor Community Water Council, and Ian Robinson, BlueConduit’s President and COO. View the video and transcript on the Scientific American website. […]

Video: LSL Inventory and Replacement on WWD Weekly Digest

Bob Crossen, Senior Managing Editor of Water & Wastes Digest spoke with BlueConduit’s National Lead(Pb) Service Line Inventory and Replacement Executive Director Greg Baird. From the Water & Wastes Digest article: “In this video interview, BlueConduit National Lead Service Line Inventory and Replacement Executive Director Greg Baird explains what utilities are currently required to do […]

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.

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 […]

PBS documentary highlights BlueConduit’s Flint impact

A recent documentary by PBS NOVA showcases the work that BlueConduit’s team did in Flint to use machine learning to help the city target inspection and replacements to areas of highest likelihood of having a lead service line.

Gen. McDaniel talks leadership in Flint service line replacement

Retired National Guard Brigadier General Michael McDaniel spoke to the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security about his role in addressing the Flint water crisis. McDaniel emphasizes the importance of understanding risk when making public decisions, the importance of communication and building partnerships when staff and resources are thin, how communicating with […]

KDD 2018 Announces Best Paper & Other Awards

The 24th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) in August 2018 awarded Jacob Abernethy, Alex Chojnacki, Arya Farahi, Eric Schwartz, and Jared Webb the prize for best student paper in the Applied Data Sciences track for their work in ActiveRemediation: The Search for Lead Pipes in Flint, Michigan. KDD is one […]

BlueConduit at OmniSci 2019

BlueConduit spoke at OmniSci 2019 and was included in the launch of OmniSci for Good. OmniSci for Good OmniSci, a leader in accelerated analytics, highlighted its collaboration with BlueConduit’s team as part of launching its OmniSci for Good, program as part of its Converge 2019 event. The goal of OmniSci for Good is to support […]