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SXSW 2020

Water’s Last Mile-Global Distribution Meets Local

Reliable access to safe, clean water is a worldwide struggle. Increasing demand, changing supply, & decaying infrastructure have made that struggle urgent. Our panelists believe we address this crisis by rethinking the networks of pipes that bring water to homes and the kind of water that’s delivered. Utilities ensure that residential water is potable, only to have residents flush 30% of that water directly down toilets and use another 20% for laundry. That’s 50% of indoor water treated, delivered, and down the drain. With a distributed infrastructure, potable water is used only as needed. Residents could specify a pH or access potable water from a non-local source while using local greywater. Water can be customized by each resident's need, rather than a 1-size-fits all delivery approach.

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  1. It’s time to rethink the fundamentals of household water: what we need, where we use it, and the best ways to get water to people, knowing there is no
  2. Customized and managed home water is in line with all the other ways technology has helped us manage home comfort and safety.
  3. Distributed infrastructure will use resources more efficiently, and change the way we use and expect water in our homes.

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Carrie Kingsley, Director Of Marketing Communications, Resideo

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Climate & Social Action
  • Level: Advanced
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