Austin is an environmentally conscious city which gives substantial attention to water quality in the area due to assets such as the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs.
I met Stuart Garner earlier this week at an Entrepreneur training CTAN holds at the MCC building. (The training gives entrepreneurs some insight into how angels fund deals and the session also covers the Emerging Technology Fund program.) Stuart runs a successful startup making water quality testing instruments, called Eureka Instruments. Eureka designs and markets water-quality instruments called multiprobes. Multiprobes measure such parameters as temperature, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and water level. Biologists use the devices to measure the quality of water impacted by the effects of urbanization or a contaminant spill.
The water quality market has been growing steadily for 30 years at about a 15% per annum rate and is about a $60M market place. It’s great to see innovation applied to protecting the environment.