The Water Council recently announced that it would be accepting applications for the third round of the Pilot Programme, which is designed to transfer research and prototypes from the lab to application in a demonstration site located in Wisconsin, United States (U.S.).
The programme supports water-related businesses of all sizes and from all parts of the world by acting as a launch pad to validate and commercialise products that are near market introduction. Developed and run by The Water Council, the programme is supported by the Fund for Lake Michigan, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and Wells Fargo.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Wells Fargo, MMSD, and The Water Council to support game-changing technologies that address our most urgent water quality challenges,” Vicki Elkin, executive director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, said. “As we have seen with recent water problems in Flint and historic flooding in Houston, these challenges require new approaches and cutting-edge technologies.”
“With infrastructure as a top priority for the U.S. federal government, coupled with the amount of time it takes for a water tech product to work its way from concept to market-ready, means it’s crucial to provide as much support as we can right now to help businesses test, refine and validate their products,” Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council, added. “We’re pleased to work with our partners to support businesses that provide solutions for infrastructure and innovation needs.”
The success of the programme in its first two years has led to another commitment from Wells Fargo of US$400,000 over four years.
“Wells Fargo is honoured to support The Water Council through our Clean Technology and Innovation grant programme,” Mary Wenzel, head of environmental affairs at Wells Fargo, said. “The Council’s platform for gathering technical data in order to scale and commercialise technologies will provide much needed enhancements to our water infrastructure and fills a critical gap in the clean-tech ecosystem.”
Selected projects must address integrated water solutions through innovation, application, and demonstration while maintaining a cost-efficient, scalable and deployable model. The programme acts as a catalyst for companies and professionals who are developing new products that deliver significant water quality and/or quantity improvements.
“There will always be better, more cost effective ways to protect public health and our rivers and lakes through clean water innovations. We fully support these local efforts that harness the potential to benefit the world,” Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, concluded.