The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hoping that water utilities around the nation will look at integrating its free water quality application, called Canary, with their existing water management information technology. As my post over on SmartPlanet suggests, the EPA software works with sensors that are placed throughout a water system's reservoirs, sewers and other water resources. It monitors for anything that could be considered a contaminant, alerting the utility to possible problems more quickly than might be possible with manual methods. Like most successful open source projects, the EPA is hoping that innovative cities, communities and water utilities will use Canary as a jumping off point for additional innovation and development.
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