Why We Exist?
To assist well owners in managing their well water systems so they have confidence knowing their water is always safe and their healthy protected.
In 2015 with lots of investments being made in the water space, we decided to dig in a bit and see what type of big data solutions we could create by aggregating many data sets into one cohesive set.
After working with the USGS, CDC, USEPA, MassDEP, we quickly determined that there were many water related data sets, but nothing that could be made cohesive. After exhaustive research and many meetings, we determined that the US government didn’t have any solid data to determine the amount of groundwater that US has or the quality of that groundwater.
This conclusion was a bit frightening and at the same time may have presented an opportunity. But how could we collect groundwater data from millions of data points across the US. This led to the thesis of how SafeWell was born. If we could collect data from millions of private wells and know both the depth of the water (quantity) and the quality of that water, this would be a valuable dataset, and important to the country.
So we created SafeWell, a private well water testing and inspection service to collect clean data and be able to normalize this data to create a usable data set. With this business plan in hand, we entered into the CleanTech Open Northeast incubator program. Our goal was to get better connected with government officials and the general water industry.
During the initial phase of the company and after testing over 100 wells in Massachusetts our data started to show some alarming trends:
Reviewed data from 100 random private water systems from 20 towns in Massachusetts.
• 51% have treatment systems, 49% did not have treatment
• 23% of the private water systems reviewed were producing UNHEALTHY water (non-potable)
– Of this 23%, 7 had treatment systems
• 35% of the private water systems reviewed were producing SAFE water (met DEP/EPA MCL guidelines for 20 common contaminants and physical characteristics)
• 42% of private water systems reviewed were producing HEALTHY water (met DEP/EPA MCLG guidelines for 20 common contaminants and physical characteristics)
We documented and presented our findings to the EPA, CDC, USGS and MassDEP and the only reaction we could get was yes we thought this was the case, but did not have a way to measure it. We spent more than a year pushing the governmental agencies to take the lead on this crisis. But as of 2019, there is little to no support for private well owners from the government agencies.
So SafeWell determined that if no one else was going to attack the health crisis in the private well industry, then SafeWell would.
With over 1,000 customers under our belt and tons of both analytical and conservational data from our customers, SafeWell has created a Residential Water Utility that addresses all of the shortcomings of the private well industry. SafeWell Water.
SafeWell Water is a new generation Residential water utility that encompasses testing, treatment, monitoring and maintenance all for a single monthly price, in which SafeWell actively-manages the residential water system.