Meet Imagine H2O Asia’s Third Cohort of Water Tech
Article | Nov 15, 2021
Australia-based TracWater will partner with Singapore-based accelerator
program to solve South and Southeast Asia’s water and wastewater crisis
Asia is the world’s most water-stressed continent. While home to more than half of the world’s
inhabitants, Asia has less freshwater available per capita than anywhere else. Population growth,
particularly in low-lying coastal cities, threatens already vulnerable supplies. At the same time, too
much water poses new risks. Since 2000, flood-related disasters have more than doubled globally
with over 80% of people affected living in Asia.
As the COP26 summit unfolds this week, the region’s decision makers are acknowledging that its
water resource challenges are inextricably linked to climate disruption. Solutions are not only
needed to help mitigate today’s water-related climate impacts. They are also required to position
the water and wastewater solutions of tomorrow on a new path towards decarbonization and
resource recovery. Selected from a field of 100+ applicants from 23 countries, the twelve water tech
start-ups in Imagine H2O Asia Cohort 3 boldly challenge the water management status quo.
From robotic water disinfection monitoring to energy-efficient wastewater treatment and reuse to
biodegradable polymers for water-saving irrigation, each company represents an innovative and
sustainable approach to reusing and recycling more, wasting less, mitigating pollution, and boosting
access and equity. As a bridge for global solutions to the region, Imagine H2O Asia’s mission aims to
also foster entrepreneurship locally across South and Southeast Asia.
Cohort 3 is Imagine H2O Asia’s most geographically diverse cohort yet with 10 out of 12 companies
based in five countries in the Asia-Pacific. Included in Cohort 3 is TracWater, the first Australiaheadquartered company selected for Imagine H2O Asia’s program. TracWater will collaborate with
Imagine H2O Asia and its growing customer network to test, market and deploy their real-time
water quality robots in markets across the wider region. As a participant in Imagine H2O Asia,
TracWater will also showcase their solutions at Singapore International Water Week 2022.
TracWater is a world-wide leader in cloud-based robotics to monitor water quality. TracWater
robots are battery powered, plug-and-play and wireless for water quality measurement throughout
the distributed water pipeline network. The robots are tightly integrated to cloud-based big data
management providing customers with real-time visibility and predictive analysis. Customers have
TracWater’s patented technologies to rapidly understand what is happening to water disinfection in
underground pipes and to accurately predict what will happen for water quality, usage and assets.
About Imagine H2O Asia
Led by the San Francisco-headquartered NGO Imagine H2O, Imagine H2O Asia is the first specialised
accelerator exclusively focused on scaling water technology start-ups across South and Southeast
Asia. From industrial wastewater treatment and reuse to utility water loss detection, Imagine H2O
Asia sources across a range of water resource challenges in the region to identify innovative
solutions that advance progress towards SDG 6. Since 2018, Imagine H2O Asia has provided the
resources to develop and deploy 20 global start-ups from the organization’s hub in Singapore. The
wider organization has supported 150+ start-ups since its founding in 2009. The program is led by
Imagine H2O, a San Francisco-based non-profit, and supported by Enterprise Singapore, SUEZ,
Xylem, Kurita, and PUB – Singapore’s National Water Agency.