KISSIMMEE / ORLANDO — Guard Dog Valves, Inc., headquartered in Kissimmee at the University of Central Florida Business Incubator, providing a new motion-sensor toilet shut-off valve, has launched a bid to fund commercialization of its patented, energy efficient valves at Kickstarter.com, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
Now through July 15, Kickstarter.com subscribers worldwide will decide whether to help finance the next phase of Guard Dog Valves, Inc.’s goal of getting its innovative technology installed in homes, apartments and businesses to eliminate waste of fresh water. The innovative technology combines both water conservation and water damage prevention, according to Joe Guidish, Chief Financial Officer of the firm.
Guard Dog’s patented technology that was developed working closely with UCF’s Department of Engineering only allows water to flow into the toilet when it senses someone is in the bathroom. The Guard Dog Valves shut water off at the source in the wall once someone leaves the bathroom and if a leak was to occur from the stem or tank, the valve would eliminate the continuous flow of water, Guidish explained.
The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) has projected that by 2035, Central Florida will grow from 2.7 to 4.1 million people, requiring over 250 million more gallons than the aquifer even has in it to be pumped. Based on the EPA, nearly 30 percent of the water used in households gets flushed down the toilet. With over a trillion gallons of water being wasted annually in homes, it becomes apparent how much waste is occurring from malfunctioning toilet systems (leaking flappers, bad seals, hose line breaks).
“Funding for the next stage of our operations is critical but we feel confident that Kickstarter.com subscribers will seriously consider our request and help us reach our goal,” he said.
Guard Dog Valves recently installed 48 of the motion-sensored toilet shut-off valves at the Mercury 3100 apartment complex on Alafaya Club Drive in East Orlando and they should be seeing vast water savings very soon.
Guard Dog Valves started operations less than two years ago at 111 E. Monument Ave. Visit www.GuardDogValves.com
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For more information, media contacts —
Joe Guidish, CFO, Guard Dog Valves, (239) 777-0443 Joe@guarddogvalves.com
Jim Bowie, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program, (407) 343-4300 Jim.Bowie@ucf.edu
Beth Payan or Larry Vershel, Larry Vershel Communications, Inc 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com
About Guard Dog Valves
Guard Dog Valves assembles and sells patented water control valves for toilets, complete bathrooms and the whole house or building. The patented technology of the device only allow water to flow when using these rooms. Water is shut off at the source when these facilities are not occupied or in use. The company’s products reduce water bills and prevent loss and damage from flooding.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51B on regional sales and $2.48B on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu