The Science. The Results.
The patented EM Locator Technology system sits on top of the ground and sends a series of pulses into the earth. These pulses agitate the non-solids under the surface and create a unique electromagnetic signature which travels back up to the surface for Water for Earth to collect and review. The focus of this application is to find both the closest aquifer to the surface and if there are any points on the property that show downward percolation of water.
The Sustainability Impact.
As water levels drop, water well pumps are having to use a lot more energy to pump water to the surface. If by using the EM Locator Technology system to accurately design the location for an aquifer recharge zone, thereby preventing aquifer levels from dropping, then there is an overall cost savings to the electric grid. Currently, the estimated energy costs to pump groundwater in the U.S. each year is approximately $3.65 Billion according to the National Groundwater Association. If our technology can help increase water levels by even 5%, it would help reduce energy costs by $182 Million each year.
In addition, consider desalination plants, which run on fossil fuels. If we can use our technology to recharge a depleted aquifer and prevent the need for a desalination plant, then we can help reduce large-scale CO2 emissions.
The Audiences. The Benefits.
|Landowners with insufficient groundwater to support a well||Helps recharge small pockets of groundwater to a point where water well extraction would be possible.|
|Municipalities||Helps recharge local aquifers so that local water utilities can support the growing water demands from its citizens without having to pursue more expensive water sources.|
|Farmers||With appropriate city and county support, there could be programs where farmers are paid to convert unused farm land into aquifer recharge zones.|
|Natural Disaster Support||Implementing aquifer recharge zones in areas that are prone to wildfires so in the event of an emergency, water resources could be tapped upon demand.|
To learn more about how Water for Earth will be using EM Locator Technology, visit their website here.