We have a simple solution to a very big problem that affects each and every one of us here in the United States and across the globe; the delivery of water to our homes and businesses.
Low-risk, low-cost water main rehabilitation.
Company name: Hydrant-Flush, Westminster, Colorado
Region: Rocky Mountain
We clean water mains. Hydrant-Flush addresses the decaying U.S. infrastructure by cleaning water mains. We use arthroscopic techniques to surgically clean water-main distribution systems without the use of chemicals, metal abrasives or the need to excavate to access the pipes. We save water utilities 73 percent in costs compared with existing alternatives. Hydrant-Flush™ is a clean, fast and environmentally safe method of removing ‘Tuberculation’ without the use of chemicals, metal abrasives or the need to excavate or damage the streets or landscape environments to remove ‘Tuberculation’ from the water-main system, and in the process extends the life of the existing pipes by up to 45 years.
How it changes the world
Today, this country’s water infrastructure is in severe decay and in a critical state. Similar to roads, bridges and the power grid, the pipes that lie buried under our feet are in need of immediate rehabilitation. Over 200 thousand miles of 80- to 100- year-old cast iron pipe is still in service throughout the country, and is filled with internal corrosion or ‘tuberculation.’ When too much plaque or tuberculation impedes water flow, severe consequence occur: people get sick, firefighters have no water, and the system erupts with numerous water-main breaks. One Hydrant-Flush™ service crew can clean, flush, and return to service up to 500 feet of water-main within a 10-hour day.
If you win?
By winning at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, Hydrant-Flush™ will have immediate exposure and validation that the health of our nation’s water-main system is an important problem we need to resolve now.
We will immediately go into production with our first Hydrant-Flush™ unit and commence construction on our demonstration center, where customers and investors can ‘kick the tires’ and view live demonstrations in a controlled environment. This will give us the boost we need to achieve our goals to initiate pilot programs with water utilities customers who are waiting for our equipment to be built.
Memorable Cleantech Open moment?
During the business clinics over the summer we were practicing the elevator pitch, and in a not so eloquent use of words I said that the “Hydrant-Flush™ system is a method to blast the ‘crap’ out of the water main pipes.” Obviously this was not a good selection of words for what we do. The Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open business clinics really helped us ‘refine and define’ our messaging and put us on a path to clear and concise communication to our customers and investors alike.