Pennsylvania Women-Led Tech Businesses: Saving Money and Water

Women Owned Tech Businesses

Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? There are countless female trailblazers who call Pennsylvania home, and they have made immeasurable contributions to our state, our economy, and in many cases globally. Recently, H2O Connected and Chariot Solutions partnered to save commercial property owners money and conserve water.

Women Owned Tech Businesses
Susan Springsteen

H2O Connected is a woman-owned business operated by President and Co-founder Susan Springsteen and located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone in Coatesville. The company manufactures American-made water-saving and water-damage prevention products sold around the globe.

Springsteen and her team designed LeakAlertor, a new leak detection technology for commercial property owners that installs in seconds, requires minimal maintenance, and saves thousands of gallons of water that might otherwise be lost through undetected water leaks.

LeakAlertor also connects wirelessly to a central dashboard, which enables management to see problems in real-time via a secure remote monitoring IoT (internet of things) device, and alerts owners to toilet leaks in buildings like hotels, apartments, offices, nursing homes, government buildings, and other large-scale facilities. The notifications pinpoint the specific issue and how many gallons have been wasted. The hybrid hardware/software solution is the result of 20 years of research and development to benefit the buyer, the community, and the environment.

“Property managers may think they’re losing a couple of gallons a day when in fact, they’re losing up to 7,500 gallons a day,” said Springsteen. “We’re finding that 20 to 30 percent of toilets in our customers’ buildings have some sort of leak.”

Women Owned Tech Businesses
Tracey Welson-Rossman

H2O Connected wanted to partner with a company that had vast expertise on the IoT space, and that’s why Springsteen tapped Chariot Solutions, the software development company that built the LeakAlertor dashboard, firmware, and software.

Chariot Solutions, a top IT consulting firm in the Philadelphia area, specializes in in custom software development, systems integration, mobile application development, and training. Chariot creates software for its clients, both large and small, in diverse industries ranging from financial services to higher education.

Prior to its partnership with Chariot Solutions, H2O Connected released the LeakAlertor 6000 that used green and red flashes to signal that a system was either operating efficiently or had an issue needing to be addressed. While it performed well in the marketplace, customers were seeking a device that digitally alert them in case the light went unnoticed or unreported. Chariot Solutions was able to make this a reality.

“The LeakAlertor product creates a lot of data that needs to be processed and organized, all with a user-friendly interface,” said Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chief Marketing Officer, Chariot Solutions. “This water conservation device falls under the category of IIoT, which is the Industrial Internet of Things. Smart connectivity has many applications beyond what consumers are seeing and we’re glad to be a part of this innovative solution.”

The remote monitoring IoT device has already proven its value for the Fairfield Inn in Exton. Within moments of installation, the team at H20 Connected received an alert that one of the toilets was running and engineers quickly informed management. Since no guests were due in the room for another four days, catching the issue immediately saved the hotel from wasting more than 28,000 gallons of water, resulting in hundreds of dollars of cost savings.

Congratulations H2O Connected and Chariot Solutions on a successful new partnership and product launch! We are #PAProud!

To learn more about these two companies, visit the H2O Connected website and the Chariot Solutions website. Learn more about Pennsylvania’s technology industry by visiting the DCED website. Make sure you sign up for our To stay up-to-date on all of our Pennsylvania news, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and sign up for our e-newsletter


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