Most new water technologies and startups concentrate on drinking and residential demand and supply. In Texas, as in California, this is less that 15 percent of the total demand. There are some innovations on the demand side but not many on the supply side that address the bulk water for agriculture and industry.
Public funding for water projects in Texas is not sufficient, and the state needs to rely on private investors and venture capital. But why would venture capitalists want to invest in the slow moving, rule-bound, bureaucratic burdened water sector in Texas when they have the option to invest in “can-do” fast-paced startups in Silicon Valley? Right now, I don’t see any hope for private funding for large scale water projects in Texas if the public water sector continues with business as usual.
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Alamaro, an atmospheric scientist, designed, built and managed the Air Sea Interaction Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.