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Waterhound is a cloud-based predictive simulation modelling and analytics

software to enhance the work of engineers, operators and corporate management to optimise and manage water and waste water treatment assets and processes.  Waterhound applies machine learning to water and waste water treatment, water reuse/recycle and energy recovery and management, as well as predictive maintenance. Waterhound is also a risk assessment tool to mitigate performance, partial or complete failure of components and plant, as well as environmental and climate risks.

Waterhound includes – but goes beyond – collecting historic data and modelling trends to predict future performance.  Waterhound collects data from within the system, interprets the data and can be used in true predictive mode to provide actionable information outside of stationary datasets – such as when an unforeseen event or an event that has never happened before – occurs.

USPs

HYBRID BUSINESS MODEL:  Waterhound offers both a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and an engineering solution, Waterhound Solutions, for our customers. We offer two subscription licences:  a Single user licence for design and consulting engineers and an Operation subscription licence, which is configured for one plant.  

SOFTWARE COMPANY:  Waterhound is a software company.  We sell software subscription licenses and license use of specific functionalities of our software to supplement a customer’s in-house technologies, capacity or offering.  Additionally we assist customers with front-end set-up and training to use Waterhound software and achieve optimal results. Waterhound sells subscription licenses to end-users – and as a Professional Tool for in-house use by engineering firms.

‘INDUSTRY AND VENDOR AGNOSTIC’:  Because Waterhound’s software is based on First Principles, what matters is the contaminants in the input water, the regulatory standards that must be reached and the specifications of the system required to treat the contaminants to the regulatory standards.  Waterhound’s software is ‘agnostic’ because it applies to any industry and can integrate and model specific performance standards for any manufacturers’ product or technology used in water and wastewater treatment and compare actual performance against manufacturer guaranteed performance specifications.

FLEXIBILITY:  Waterhound’s software can be used as a standalone tool or it can be used to augment versatility and functionality of existing software packages a customer may already be using.

EXPERIENCE AND EXTENSIVE DATABASE:  Waterhound’s cloud-based software has been converted from an offline simulation modelling tool proven over 25-years in the design and build of wastewater treatment systems for Fortune 500 companies.  Our current database can model over 300 treatment processes and over 800 contaminants with the capacity to expand as needed to meet a customer’s needs. 

Based on first principles of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering,

Waterhound is a start-up company with a starting point of experience and a database from 25-years of design and build of wastewater treatment assets.  Our Beta version is available for use as a design tool, as well as for the audit and monitoring of operations. Corporate management also benefits from having a data-analytics tool, which provides actionable information that is transparent and independent of supplier bias and operator error.  On-going build-out will include optimisation of anaerobic digesters, sludge treatment, real time monitoring and ‘big data’ analytics.

Operators

Operators and engineers are able to use Waterhound’s software with an Operation subscription licence to audit a system to establish a baseline of performance. They can also use the software to optimise performance and for on-going monitoring and predictive modelling of data from within their system in order to carry out predictive maintenance.  For the company, this helps mitigate environmental accidents, reduce operational downtime and lower operating costs.

Engineers

including design engineers, are able in milliseconds, as opposed to minutes or even hours, to design and cost-out different operational and environmental scenarios to select treatment technologies to optimise performance and cost efficiencies before any capital costs are incurred.

Management

is provided with a tool to:

  • Reduce operating costs with lower water, energy and chemical usage from optimisation
  • Manage assets and processes and lifecycle costs
  • Ensure on-going compliance with regulatory requirements and environmental best practices
  • Assess risks (performance, environmental, financial, reputation) and partial or full system failure
  • Streamline data collection and report generation for compliance and sustainability reporting 

Applications include

Utilities

Other applications

 

  • Mining
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pulp and paper
  • Landfill
  • Steel production

Manufacturing

 

  • Automotive
  • Engineering manufacturing facilities
  • Textiles/apparel

Oil and gas

 

 

Food processing

Drinks production

History

Waterhound Futures was founded in February 2019 to convert a proven offline simulation and predictive modelling tool to a cloud-based software and to commercialise it to optimise and manage water and waste water treatment assets. Waterhound’s software consolidates proven underlying algorithms and an empirical database from 25-years of design and manufacturing of waste water treatment systems for clients such as Ford, IVECO, Caterpillar, Fiat, Nestlés, Mars, Halliburton and ExxonMobil. Wastewater has been treated successfully – and systems have been optimised and monitored – to achieve such exacting discharge requirements as the Australian regulatory standards, including compliance in sensitive environments.

Waterhound is proud to participate in the UK Department for International Trade Global Entrepreneur Programme

2020 Winner of CalSEED award from

California Energy Commission

LIFT

Part of Leadership Innovation Forum for Technology – LIFT

– a collaboration between Water Research Federation and

World Environment Federation

Winner of The Water Council 2019 AI Tech Challenge

Vision and Strategic Objectives

Our vision at Waterhound is to shift wastewater from being a liability to being an asset and to improve local water and air quality by reducing the freshwater, energy and chemicals used in conventional wastewater treatment operations.

Data-based decision tool for management,

replacing subjective ‘gut feeling’ assessments of operational assets with data-based analytics that is free from supplier bias and operator error. 

Treating wastewater is good business

Waterhound’s aim is to make the robust pursuit and adherence to sustainable and resilient wastewater treatment the profitable business choice and to verify, collate and align our customers’ environmental data for use in annual financial and sustainability reporting.

Sustainability and resilience best practices

Align data collection, analyses and modelling with international best practice standards and simplify Environmental and Sustainability verification and financial report generation at the click of a button

Compliance verification

Waterhound software can be used by both corporate management and regulatory authorities to verify compliance with company sustainability and environmental standards and legal requirements for the treatment and disposal of waste water. The result is to reduce operating costs and the company’s local and corporate carbon footprint.

Water Stewardship Standard

Establish water stewardship as the principal business and operational standard in approaching water basin issues with other water users.

Team

Julie King

Julie King

Managing Director, Waterhound International

Queen Mary University of London, Law; Stockholm University, International Masters. 20 years working with small companies, start-ups and water technologies.

Tony Jones, PhD

Tony Jones, PhD

Doctorate in oceanography, University of Hawaii. 20+ years working with start-ups and small companies in finance and technology development. and the impact of wastewater in a marine environment.

Stuart Orr

Stuart Orr

Board Advisor

Freshwater Practice Lead for WWF International, Switzerland. Over 20-year veteran of international water sector where he has several with international water bodies, including the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Water Security and the Water Advisory Council for CDP.  Stuart has a MSc in Environment and Development from University of East Anglia.

Alan Lowdon, PhD

Alan Lowdon, PhD

Waterhound's DIT Global Entrepreneur Programme Deal Maker

Alan brings enormous experience in the water and clean tech sectors and an extensive network as Waterhound’s champion inside the UK government.  He is an Executive/Non-Executive Director and Advisor for Offshore Wind and Cleantech and is Professor in Practice, Durham University. Alan has a doctorate in engineering mathematics (fluid dynamics and vibration analysis) from Northumbria University.

Michael Levey

Michael Levey

CTO

Michael is the author of Waterhound’s software and has over 20-years of experience in the design and manufacture of wastewater treatment systems for oil and gas, mining, food and beverage production and manufacturing.  Michael has a BSc in Physics from Imperial College London. 

Jacob Tompkins OBE

Jacob Tompkins OBE

Board Advisor

A seasoned UK water executive, Jacob founded ´Waterwise UK and has been an advisor or committee member for UK and EU organisations, including Water UK, Ofqual-water efficiency qualifications, European Commission working groups and OFWAT’s Resilience Committee. He is a visiting professor at Exeter University and a WWF Associate for developing water and wastewater systems and policies.  Jacob is a qualified engineer and has a MSc in hydrology from Imperial College London.

Sheetal Mehta Walsh

Sheetal Mehta Walsh

Board Advisor

Sheetal was Waterhound’s original Deal Maker with the UK DIT Global Entrepreneur Programme. She has worked as Director of VC Relations at Microsoft and is an entrepreneur and co-founder of SoHo Ventures VC firm.  Sheetal is a Board Member of Innovate Edmonton and President of NGO, Shanti Life.  She has a MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics.

Waterhound for Engineers

DESIGN – AUDIT – MONITOR – ‘BIG DATA’ ANALYTICS – SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING:  Selection of the optimal water and waste water treatment and energy system design can be expensive and time consuming for front-end engineering and costings. It is complicated further by the uncertainty of future environmental regulations, water source degradation, changes to manufacturing processes and the large number of treatment alternatives.

Waterhound software allows engineers to input project/asset data on an on-going basis to generate consulting reports.  Engineers are able to override general treatment parameters with project-specific data and manufacturers’ warranted performance standards to refine predictive modelling and analytics results.

Waterhound trains our customers’ engineering teams to achieve high quality results, depending on the needs of each customer and project.

Companies are faced with two choices:

Adding time and money

the future cost of design changes if the process selection process was flawed

or

Operational cost and risk

of correcting problems encountered if waste water treatment operation parameters are not corrected for a period of time

The Waterhound system monitoring data

Waterhound software enables the testing, verification and selection of alternative design options for existing waste water treatment systems. This modelling informs critical corporate decision-making, policies and procedures for predictive maintenance, asset optimisation, reduced water use, energy recovery and lower chemical usage.

Waterhound software facilitates reductions in freshwater and energy consumption by:

  • Identifying opportunities to treat production waste water for reuse and recycle
  • Monitoring and predicting equipment deterioration
  • Making adjustments to operational parameters to minimise energy and chemical consumption
  • Mitigating environmental impact and regulatory risks from accidents 
  • Minimise unplanned operational downtime

Contact us

Schedule a technical demo – work with us as an Early Adopter – or discuss application of Waterhound’s predictive modelling tool to your specific business and operational needs.

Unit 6 Carlton Yard, Victoria Road, Farnham, Surrey. GU9 7RD. United Kingdom

 

+ 44 (0)7437 31 85 49 | +1 916 990 3699‬

enquires@waterhoundfutures.com

“Globally, it is likely that over 80% of wastewater is released to the environment without adequate treatment.”

UNESCO, 2017

“The opportunities from exploiting wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.”

UNESCO, 2017

“By 2030, global demand for water is expected to grow by 50%. This will require new approaches to wastewater collection and management. Indeed, reused wastewater may help address challenges like food production and industrial development.”

European Water Association

“When not ignored, used water has long been seen as simply a burden for disposal. With rising water scarcity in many regions, this is changing, and we see increasing recognition of the importance of wastewater collection, treatment and reuse…Data availability remains a persisting challenge, particularly in developing countries. Recent analysis shows that out of 181 countries, only 55 had information on the generation, treatment and use of wastewater, and the remaining ones had no or only partial data. In the majority of countries where data were available, it was outdated. This information bottleneck impedes the research and development necessary to craft innovative technologies and adapt existing ones to local specificities and needs.”

Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO, UN World Water Development Report 2017: Wastewater: The Untapped Resource

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