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Is the Future of Water Decentralized?

Mar 13, 2024 7:47:20 PM / by Riggs Eckelberry

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Let me welcome you to the world of decentralized water and water independence for all. You may be thinking — what does that mean? Don’t the cities take care of our water?

Well, just look at the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and Fort Lauderdale, Florida where aging infrastructure has caused a host of problems, the most recent of which had residents boiling their own water to keep it safe.

“Long before the recent crisis garnered national headlines, the city of Flint was eminently familiar with water woes. For more than a century, the Flint River, which flows through the heart of town, has served as an unofficial waste disposal site for treated and untreated refuse from the many local industries that have sprouted along its shores, from carriage and car factories to meatpacking plants and lumber and paper mills. The waterway has also received raw sewage from the city’s waste treatment plant, agricultural and urban runoff, and toxics[sic] from leaching landfills. Not surprisingly, the Flint River is rumored to have caught fire — twice.” — NRDC.org

Our central infrastructure is underfunded, outdated and, simply put, isn’t designed to treat the demand imposed on it by industry and agriculture, who account for 9/10ths of freshwater usage. This means the rest of us suffer. On top of that, the US recycles some 1% of its water. And routinely, companies are told by cities, “We can’t take your water anymore.”

So, what do those companies do? How do they take charge of their own water treatment and recycling not only for their benefit but for all of our benefit?

At OriginClear, we set out to solve the problem of a trillion-dollar water industry that only treats some 18% of the world’s water, which is an absolute scandal. We are leading the charge to disrupt the big water industry, and we’re doing it with revolutionary technology combined with revolutionary financing.

We created patented technology to solve this — scaled down, standardized, modular water-treatment systems placed at the point of use — yet here we stand, reliant on overwhelmed centralized systems that can’t do the job.

The problem for those companies? Capital — but not for long. We have developed the world’s first direct investment vehicle in water. With Water On Demand™, we are financing “water as a service.” That is revolutionary for businesses and communities all over America — and for investors.

This is the decentralization of water treatment and recycling — this is how we enable industry and agriculture to create a better world for us all.

So, who am I?

Why should you listen to me?

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That’s a fair question. I’m Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginClear - the Clean Water Innovation Hub™, which is solving big water problems for business, communities, and industrial customers worldwide by launching the water companies of the future — right now.

I came to the water industry after a quarter-century in high technology, specializing in commercializing breakthrough technologies.

During the dotcom, I worked on a series of tech successes, such as Quarterdeck’s CleanSweep, security software vendor Panda Software, and helping to sell companies I worked for to EarthWeb, BeFree, and BellSouth.

Just prior to founding what is now OriginClear, I helped drive the security software company CyberDefender to an IPO on the NASDAQ as its President and Chief Operating Officer.

And now I’m helping the water industry meet the challenges of the modern world. It’s no small task, but it will be well worth it. As an avid skier and a former commercial ship captain and officer with a background in the nonprofit space, preserving our water has a very special place in my heart.

In these articles, I will be giving you an overview of how we plan to accomplish this, what I’ve learned along the way, and what we can do, together, to help our global water community.

More than you know, I appreciate and value your interest and support. Do stay in touch — sign up for our newsletter here!

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Yours In Water,

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Riggs Eckelberry
President & CEO
OriginClear, Inc.

PS: Questions? We’re happy to help! Just schedule a call here now: www.oc.gold/help. Or email us here.



Riggs Eckelberry

Written by Riggs Eckelberry

Riggs Eckelberry is a veteran technology manager who led companies to multiple exits during the high-tech boom of the 90s and early 2000s. Eckelberry came to the water industry from a quarter century in high technology, specializing in commercializing breakthrough technologies. View full profile here: https://www.originclear.com/about-originclear

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