- October 1, 2015: Vol. 2, Number 10

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Silicon Valley Jumps in the Pool: A host of new water technologies can keep California, and the country, hydrated

by Scott Bryan and Peter Yolles

Consider some of the high-tech drought solutions featured at California’s first water technology summit this summer in Sacramento.

•  Water conservation software based on behavioral science and cloud computing

•  Agricultural irrigation technology using sensors to measure sap in grape vines

•  Satellites that measure plant water needs

•  Home greywater recycling systems

•  Water meters connected to the Internet

•  Solar-powered desalination

Far from science fiction, these and other new technology solutions are being used on the ground in California, generating new water supplies when the state needs them most.

California is a world leader in high technology. So it is natural that Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are turning their creative energies to developing new technology- driven solutions to help California meet the challenges posed by a devastating four-year drought.

California Gov. Jerry Brow

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