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September 11, 2018

Aquatic Informatics Successfully Re-Certifies for Prestigious B Corporation Certification

The largest water data management company in the world continues to be counted among “best for the world.”

Vancouver, Canada – September 11, 2018 – Aquatic Informatics, a global leader in organizing the world’s water data, has announced today that it has successfully re-certified its B Corporation certification. This prestigious certification is awarded by B Lab to companies that are accelerating the global culture shift to redefine success in business. Certified B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, while meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Lab is a nonprofit organization that recognizes companies that are not only best in the world, but also best for the world.
“We are extremely proud to maintain our B Corporation certification. It's a high bar and it reflects our progressive approach to using business as a force for good,” commented Ed Quilty, President and CEO of Aquatic Informatics. “Our purpose is to protect life with open and timely water information. Unsafe water kills 1.8 million people each year, mostly children, and thousands of species go extinct. Water is a massive problem and we are driven to solve it. Supporting our purpose, we are guided by our “3P” core values, which balance Planet, People, and Prosperity. These values govern the way we make decisions, drive our commitment to customers, motivate the ways in which we support our employees, and inspire all of our software donations and volunteer initiatives.”

Aquatic Informatics first achieved B Corporation certification in 2014 and successfully re-certified in 2016 and 2018, each time with successively higher overall scores. For each certification, Aquatic Informatics was rigorously and independently evaluated against the “B Impact Assessment.” B Lab uses this assessment to evaluate companies against five impact areas: governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. For each certification, B Lab also reviewed Aquatic Informatics’ day-to-day operations and business model, confirming the company’s contribution to solving the world’s most challenging environmental and social problems while also creating a positive workplace environment.

This year, Aquatic Informatics scored particularly high in areas such as employee benefits, management & worker communication, job flexibility & corporate culture, and local involvement. These achievements affirm that Aquatic Informatics is in line with the B Corporation vision of a better way to do business – creating higher quality jobs and improving the quality of life in our communities.

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations® in over 150 industries and 60 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. Learn more about B Corporations by visiting www.bcorporation.net/about-b-corps.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. Learn more about B Lab by visiting www.bcorporation.net/about-b-lab.

About Aquatic Informatics Inc.

Aquatic Informatics is a mission-driven software company that organizes the world’s water data to make it accessible and useful. As the world’s largest water data management company, and with more than 1,000 customers in 60 countries, Aquatic Informatics is unique in that it provides information technology solutions for all water: source water, drinking water, municipal and industrial wastewater, and the receiving environment. Learn more about Aquatic Informatics by visiting www.aquaticinformatics.com.

August 21, 2018

Aquatic Informatics Welcomes James Reyes as Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing

Former Active Network executive joins leading water data platform to drive the company through a new phase of growth.

Vancouver, Canada, August 23, 2018Aquatic Informatics Inc., a global leader in organizing the world’s water data, has announced the appointment of James Reyes to the position of Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing. Reyes will lead the sales, solutions, and marketing divisions while helping to evolve the business and unite the AQUARIUS, WaterTrax, and Linko brands as a part of the Aquatic Informatics family.

“We are thrilled that James, with his many years of leadership experience in enterprise software and SaaS sales, has joined our management team,” said Ed Quilty, President and CEO of Aquatic Informatics. “As we are now the largest water data management company in the world, James’ insights will be instrumental in continuing to drive growth and deliver high value for our 1,000+ customers. I’m happy to welcome James and look forward to working closely with him.”

Over the last 16 years, Reyes has built his career in the municipal software industry and will bring his executive leadership and in-depth business development knowledge to Aquatic Informatics. In addition to Sales and Marketing, his extensive experience in Strategy and Corporate Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Division General Management will be invaluable as Aquatic Informatics continues to grow and expand its offerings for the water market.

“I’m really excited to have joined Aquatic Informatics,” noted James Reyes. “It’s inspiring to be part of such a dynamic and passionate team that is unified around the company’s core mission: to protect life with open and timely water information. The water industry is rapidly growing and becoming increasingly important at a global scale, and I look forward to playing a part in the next phase of growth at Aquatic Informatics.”

About Aquatic Informatics Inc.

Aquatic Informatics is a mission-driven software company that organizes the world’s water data to make it accessible and useful. As the world’s largest water data management company, and with more than 1,000 customers in 60 countries, Aquatic Informatics is unique in that it provides information technology solutions for all water: source water, drinking water, municipal and industrial wastewater, and the receiving environment. Aquatic Informatics is guided by its 3P core values which balance Planet, People, and Prosperity. These values run through the entire business and can be seen in decision making, employee support, software donations, volunteer work, and commitment to customers.
For more information about Aquatic Informatics, visit www.aquaticinformatics.com.

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February 1, 2018

Whitepaper: The Use of Spreadsheets
in the Era of Big Water Data

In today’s world, data comes from a variety of sources and can easily live in a variety of places. Explore the differences between using spreadsheets and an industry-specific software solution to manage and derive value from your water data.

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November 20, 2017

Wastewater 3.0: Looking Into the Future of Wastewater

Wastewater 3.0 is a term that’s been thrown around in the industry a lot these days. But what does it really mean? Since the term itself is so broad, it’s often difficult to break it down into manageable parts. 

In addition, one of the resounding problems that both utility providers and technology companies seem to face is using the massive quantities of data that they now receive – thanks to advancements in technology – to power their decisions and embrace Wastewater 3.0.

Rich Prinster, our Business Development Manager, was invited to lead a roundtable discussion on Wastewater 3.0 at the 2nd Annual SWAN North American Alliance Utility Workshop in Chicago, a collaboration with the Alliance for Water Efficiency and Global Water Works. This event was a riveting experience that brought together thought leaders working in the water sector from across North America to discuss “Modernizing North American Water Systems in the Digital Age.”

What is Wastewater 3.0 and how did we get here?
We need to look backwards so that we can move forward.

Ancient fortress walls contributed to high density populations as cities developed after the dark ages.. Open gutters collected waste in the streets in these overpopulated areas, leading to water contamination, poor sanitary conditions, disease, and death. As time went on, disposal of waste into surface water was banned, and septic tanks and other technologies were invented to filter wastewater. In 1972, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was amended and became known as the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act maintained existing water quality standards and introduced regulation of water pollution at the federal level. 

Wastewater 3.0 is really all about the next phase in this story and being smarter with our water data collection and analysis, allowing us to make better decisions based on a network of information. We can now leverage technology, such as sensors in our data acquisition networks, to get early warnings of increased flows or contaminants in pipes. This information allows us to react more effectively at the treatment plant level, and to predict flow and loading, before small problems become a major concern. This real-time optimization allows utilities to improve operations, minimize dosages, and prioritize maintenance, among other things. 

Are we there yet?

Many major cities are using various technologies to build smart water networks. At the SWAN North American Alliance Utility Workshop, the City of Chicago discussed how they have added remote sensors for real-time data acquisition throughout their distribution and collection system in places like fire hydrants to collect flushing data and pressure readings. These sensors allow them to better prioritize maintenance based on flows, which in turn has allowed them to decrease overall costs by proactively maintaining their assets rather than replacing them after a problem was reported.

Despite the advancements, many utilities are still struggling to implement Wastewater 3.0 technology, which makes it difficult to collect, organize, and use their data. Unfortunately, population rates continue to grow across the United States, and the infrastructure supporting those growing communities continues to age. Most treatments plants weren’t necessarily built to be able to handle this growth.

Baby steps to accomplish great things

Stringent source control programs can help to alleviate stress on wastewater plants by keeping pollutants out of the pipes and plants in the first place. This, in turn, both protects the pipes and plants and allows the utility provider to run their system more effectively, thereby treating more influent. These source control programs therefore allow utilities to preserve the infrastructure they currently have in place as the community grows.

As mentioned above, implementing inline sensors can help to optimize plant operations because they allow the plant to process more wastewater. It also extends the life of the plant because operators are able to access information on influent quality before it gets to the plant. Plant operators can then make real-time adjustments in order to treat influent more effectively.

Many utilities are also turning to trusted technology systems, such as LinkoExchange, POM Portal, and mobile data collection from WaterTrax, in order to automate the acquisition of data throughout the collection system. This allows them to more effectively gather information to make informed decisions and to keep the bad stuff out in the first place.

By looking into the future and focusing on these big picture items, we can start to narrow our priorities into small but necessary steps that will meet the needs of the future. While it is daunting to think that in 15 years our population will be 1/3 larger than it is now, if we start effectively utilizing our data and new technologies today, we can create efficiencies in the infrastructure that will allow us to rise above future challenges. 

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August 24, 2017

City of Grand Rapids implements LinkoExchange

City’s Environmental Services Department trains and launches ground breaking EPA electronic reporting, LinkoExchange. Read more here.

 

July 11, 2017

Linko joins forces with Aquatic Informatics

Dear Customers,

We want to let you know about exciting improvements to the Linko family – our team is getting stronger to better serve you!

We have joined forces with Aquatic Informatics, the global leaders in environmental data management. Together, our teams are stronger and better able to serve you with improved research, software development, IT, and customer service capabilities.

What does this mean for you? No immediate changes. It’s business as usual, with continued access to your same talented and dedicated team here at Linko. Rich Prinster, Dave Stadelmann and the Linko Support team are still your main points of contact. If you have any questions, please connect with one of us.

We invite you to visit and meet your new Aquatic Informatics extended family. AJ Leitch, VP of customer success, will soon oversee a larger support team who will be cross trained to handle more of your Linko questions. Ed Quilty, President & CEO, welcomes all Linko customers to the Aquatic Informatics community and invites you to discover AQUARIUS software to get a feel for what we do. From raindrop to ocean, our company now has software for each stage of the water quality cycle.

Thank you for your loyal support. The new combined team is 100% dedicated to your continued success!

Team Linko
877-546-5699
info@linkotechnology.com

 

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