Aug 24, 2015

Water Council Announces Joint Funding to Expand Pilot Deployment Program, Demonstration Sites

The joint funding totals $600,000

The Water Council Milwaukee Pilot Deployment Program demonstration sites

The Water Council, along with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and Fund for Lake Michigan (FLM), announced $600,000 in joint funding over two years to advance new clean water technologies. 

Launched earlier this year through funding from a Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant, the council’s Pilot Deployment Program is designed to help transfer research from the lab to real world pilot project demonstration sites. Not only will this promote local development and implementation of new technologies, it will also spur investment and job growth in Milwaukee’s growing water sector.

In addition to the joint funding, partners will help secure demonstration sites dedicated to the testing of new water technology products.

“Milwaukee is known as a leader in water technology, and this coordinated effort will bolster that reputation,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “I thank the partners that have come together to fund this project. Their vision is to help convert good ideas into valuable solutions.  At the same time, this adds jobs and value to our economy.”

With a membership that includes more than 160 water technology organizations, The Water Council has resources to support technologies related to water quality and quantity. The Pilot Deployment Program will work with Water Council member companies of all sizes addressing these issues by supporting the progression of new water technologies from the lab to demonstration sites for practical application.

Headquartered at the Global Water Center, the Fund for Lake Michigan is a private foundation backed by We Energies and two other utilities. The fund was launched in 2011 to improve water quality in the region. 

The program acts as a catalyst for companies and professionals who are developing new products to make true water quality and quantity impact. Selected projects must address integrated water solutions through innovation, application, and demonstration while maintaining a cost-efficient, scalable and deployable model.

“The Pilot Deployment Program reaffirms an incredibly important area of our mission, to improve world water health,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council. “This joint support and funding to help develop and validate new, cutting-edge products, will unleash a new wave of water technology innovation.”

The Pilot Deployment Program was announced in January 2015 when Wells Fargo awarded The Water Council with a $100,000 Clean Innovation and Technology grant to fund the launch of the program.

Stonehouse Water Technologies was selected earlier this year as the first participant of the Program for the development of Water POD, a compact water filtration system that solves the problem of a lack of healthy, clean drinking water in underserved and distressed populations. Water POD is operating along the Menomonee River.

The official call for applications and instructions for applying for round two of the Pilot Deployment Program will be announced later this year.

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