BlueConduit, SimpleLab team up to locate, remove lead

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In December, BlueConduit and SimpleLab announced a new alliance aimed at enabling water utilities and engineering consultants to meet water testing requirements and inventory for lead service lines through a more cost-effective and efficient process.

“BlueConduit and SimpleLab share aligned goals: protecting public health and increasing trust in tap water. Solutions to these challenges have remained stagnant for decades”, said Johnny Pujol, SimpleLab CEO. “Our teams have taken innovative steps to modernize water data, apply novel machine learning tools, and make water testing easier and cheaper. Collaboration now feels like a slam dunk.”

By integrating BlueConduit’s lead service line inventory management capabilities with SimpleLab water testing capabilities, utilities will now have access to a more seamless and automated solution for gathering required data and generating regulatory reports to comply with new federal and state rules.

Lead in drinking water is a concern for virtually every water utility and for millions of households across the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates there are 6 to 10 million lead service lines in the country. Finding exactly where the lead service lines are and replacing them can cost cities tens of millions of dollars and take years.

With its home-by-home predictive model, BlueConduit provides cities with a ranked list of addresses and regions of the city with the highest probability of having lead service lines, allowing cities to get the lead out faster and save money by avoiding unnecessary digs.

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“BlueConduit’s machine-learning technology and data-driven approach is already helping water systems reduce the number of days people live with the risk of lead exposure, saving taxpayers and utilities money. The solution has helped the city of Flint, Toledo, Trenton, and Detroit, and dozens of others to save tens of millions of dollars,” said Eric Schwartz, co-founder of BlueConduit. “As service line inventory and testing tap water are two pillars of the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, the BlueConduit-SimpleLab team provides a critical solution for addressing this nationwide environmental injustice and public health issue efficiently and cost-effectively.”

SimpleLab is the largest U.S. water testing and data platform for lead and other substances like per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals. Its customizable kits, which are for large-scale commercial testing or user-friendly residential home testing, ensure water utilities and engineering consultants address important health issues.

The BlueConduit and SimpleLab collaboration will support water systems in their compliance with changes in the U.S. EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule expected by the end of 2021.

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