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Water testing company rebrands, details expansion

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A Zionsville-based digital water platform has announced a rebranding and growth effort. 120Water, which uses technology to help clients with water quality needs, says its platform will expand to test for additional contaminants. The company has also established Centers of Excellence focusing on utility operations and policy.

Formerly known as 120WaterAudit, the company says its testing capabilities will go beyond lead to include contaminants such as arsenic, Legionella and  polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or “forever chemicals.” 

The company says changing its name to 120Water better reflects the company’s focus. In a news release, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Megan Glover said expanding its offerings allows 120Water to compete in a much larger market. 

“Lead in drinking water and the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) will continue to be a problem as utilities and municipalities grapple with the monumental task of replacing lead service lines and educating consumers about their drinking water,” said Glover. “Yet, lead isn’t the only issue plaguing the water industry, and 120Water is poised to help in crucial areas of drinking water quality, infrastructure and compliance.”

120Water provides its platform to clients including utilities, government organizations and facilities such as schools, healthcare and hospitality.

The company says the newly-created Centers of Excellence aim to provide a team of experts, research and best practices for water quality professionals and government officials to help them stay compliant with regulations that continue to evolve.

120Water has tapped Tom Bruns to lead the Utility Operations Center of Excellence. He joins the company as vice president of business development, a role in which the company says he will help build new technology solutions in the water utility sector.

Bruns most recently served as president of Aqua Indiana and is also a former vice president of business development for the Indianapolis Water Company.

The Policy Center of Excellence will be led by Erica Walker, who currently serves as director of environmental policy and programs at 120Water. Walker came to the company in 2018 from the Indiana Finance Authority, where she led a statewide drinking water lead sampling program for public schools.

The Centers of Excellence will be located inside 120Water’s existing offices in Zionsville.

The announcement comes just days after 120Water was included in the 2020 TechPoint Mira Award nominations. The company received a nomination for Tech Product of the Year and Megan Glover was nominated for the Rising Entrepreneur Award.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.