Drinking Water

Drinking water and its safety has been an ongoing concern across the globe, and, in America, particular attention has been paid to high levels of lead found in drinking water in communities such as Flint, Michigan and beyond. However, it’s not just lead that communities need to be mindful of. Many countries around the world also face high levels of arsenic, for example in drinking water supplies, or deal with other heavy metals such as cadmium or chromium. And, although access to clean drinking water should be a right, many water utilities at home and around the world deal with the ongoing problem of having small or shrinking budgets, outdated systems, and aging infrastructure.

KETOS aims to address a water utility’s need to have a system that can help them gather data and access real-time monitoring without having to completely overhaul their infrastructure or requiring them to deal with large up-front costs with dwindling budgets. We’ve developed a modular system that’s interoperable – meaning water operators can plug KETOS into their existing infrastructure and have KETOS pull all data into one existing, easy to access cloud platform that can store and disseminate data. Operators will be able to centralize their approach to monitoring water while having the power to set threshold alerts in order to help them track potential leaks or contamination that will keep drinking water supplies safe for the communities they serve. And all of this is done under a $0-CAPEX business model where all testing and monitoring is handled with lab-accuracy for pennies on the dollar.

Did You Know?

Due to a high degree of toxicity, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury are among the priority metals that are of public health significance.

In April 2021, the Senate and House passed a $35B water infrastructure bill designed to upgrade the country's drinking and wastewater systems.

More than one-quarter of all bottled water comes from a municipal water supply – the same place that tap water comes from. Treehugger.com

It’s now recognized that as much as 140 million people in 50 countries have been drinking water containing arsenic at levels above the WHO provisional guideline value of 10 μg/L. World Health OrganizationThe EPA considers arsenic levels to be acceptable at 10ppb in drinking water, while the FDA is considering lowering the acceptable amount in food to 100ppb.

Since 1986, Congress has banned the use of lead solder (+0.2% lead), and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and plumbing materials (to 8.0%). Plumbing that has the potential to contribute lead to drinking water still exists in older infrastructure.

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