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Meet Scott Nelson of Tap Water Watch in Park Cities

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Nelson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Scott. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my career doing private equity for an energy development company. When concerns arose of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) causing water issues, I started Tap Water Watch to build software that identifies the risk of water contamination near drilling sites.

A few years later, the Flint Water Crisis brought to light additional risks to our country’s drinking water and expanded the company’s service offerings to water sampling and testing.

Today, the company offers a turn-key solution from identifying issues to fixing any problems.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the daily struggles is educating customers.

Most people think that if their water is clear that it is perfectly fine to drink.

However, many contaminants in drinking water can’t be detected by taste, color or odor.

Since Flint, states have begun requiring schools to test their drinking water for lead. Many schools had never tested their drinking water before and are surprised to find extremely elevated levels of lead, some much higher than Flint.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tap Water Watch – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Tap Water Watch does all things water. We identify areas of risk, test the water and then remediate any issues.

One of the things that sets us apart and I’m most proud of is our focus on community. This year, we started the Making Water COOL in School initiative, which makes direct donations to schools and helps them access funding to replace old, contaminated fountains with filtered bottle filling stations to ensure a safe learning environment for their students.

I look forward to working with partners to expand the initiative to help as many schools as possible.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The plan is to continue to expand the business of ensuring clean drinking water that is available for all over single-use plastic bottled water.

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