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We are passionate about solving water quality issues.

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THE TEAM

The WaterRising Institute team is comprised of experienced professionals that are passionate about solving water quality issues and the relationship to public health.

ALICIA DOUGLAS
ALICIA DOUGLAS WaterRising
Over 28 years of experience in philanthropy, sustainability, public policy and community engagement and the global water security crisis. Involved with many initiatives: Detroit4Climate, Women4Climate and UN Global Compact Leaders.
MICHAEL VOS
MICHAEL VOSWaterRising Institute
Experienced CEO, operator and consultant in medical instruments, technology, retail, and other areas from large multi-national corporations to successful start-up businesses. Insightful strategic problem solver with practical execution skills.
AMANDA HERZOG PhD
AMANDA HERZOG PhDWaterRising Institute
Over 10 years experience in environmental engineering research with a background in environmental sustainability, water quality, pathogen detection, risk assessments and the social equity implications to environmental concerns.
Renata Lopes-Merriam
Renata Lopes-MerriamWaterRising Institute
CEO & Founder of Kingdom B, a global marketing and partnerships agency based in NY and LA. Seat at Stanford’s Singularity University A360 and peers from TTI—Top Tier Impact.
SUKANYA RANDHAWA PhD
SUKANYA RANDHAWA PhDWaterRising Institute
Research scientist with over 9 years (IBM Research, University of Chicago) in emerging technologies areas of AI, geo-spatial analytics and cloud based sensing using cyber-physical systems.

Current Challenges

There are currently many challenges facing water quality testing and monitoring:

  • Identifying/communicating water quality issues in real time (vs days currently)
  • Lack of timely decision-making data on pathogens for local authorities and the public, including COVID-19 and E.coli
  • Outdated and ageing methods, technologies and infrastructure
  • Inefficient resource intensive approaches (manual sampling, data entry/reporting)
  • Lack of information sharing and timely, transparent communications
  • Poor knowledge about water pollutants and their consequences in source water
  • Weak advocacy for public health impacts

WaterRising Institute

To develop a state-of-the-art early warning system for water quality monitoring, that provides real time alerts, enabling the local authorities to identify the source of their pollutants, while protecting their citizens.

The practical development of tools, technologies and systems for the monitoring of water quality real time, initially in the Great Lakes Basin region of Michigan.

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