In an article titled “An Algorithm Is Helping a Community Detect Lead Pipes” for Wired, BlueConduit is featured as a potential solution to the problem. Created by Ross faculty member Eric Schwartz further developed by the B+I Impact Studio, this solution is being untiled in Toledo, OH.
“The model had shown promise in Flint before officials rebelled. Now Toledo is using it, while incorporating more public input. More than six years after residents of Flint, Michigan, suffered widespread lead poisoning from their drinking water, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to improve water quality and bolster the city’s economy….BlueConduit, an analytics startup that says it uses predictive modeling to find lead pipes, offered promising results in Flint, but the city’s complex politics ended its use prematurely.”