U.S.: Leading water technology cluster to convene first programme in D.C.

For the very first time, the leading water technology cluster in the United States (U.S.), A. O. Smith Corporation and The Water Council, will host Fostering Public-Private Innovations in the U.S. Water Market – Wisconsin’s Leadership at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Centre in Washington, D.C. in order to spotlight Wisconsin’s water industry on the 6th of September, 2017.

The programme will highlight the value and successes of public-private partnerships in the water industry, using the state of Wisconsin as the model, as well as study innovative technology solutions and management strategies that can be deployed across the U.S. to help address safe drinking water and infrastructure challenges.

This will also be the first time A. O. Smith and The Water Council will jointly bring an informative programme to the capital of the U.S. for policymakers in order to highlight the need to increase innovation and investment in water technologies, a topic that has been garnering increased attention and support in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for nearly a decade through research, development, and deployment of clean water technologies.
“I’ve seen firsthand the important work The Water Council and A. O. Smith are doing to help transform Milwaukee into the world hub for water innovation,” U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, said. “I’m happy to join this event at our nation’s capital to help share the tremendous progress we’ve made in Wisconsin to develop 21st century water technology that will make an important impact locally, nationally, and globally.”
Fostering Public-Private Innovations in the U.S. Water Market will feature three conversational-sessions: Safe Drinking Water, Novel Water Infrastructure, and How Wisconsin is Leading the Way.
“Fresh water is a growing issue throughout the country as citizens are becoming more concerned with the quality of their water,” Ajita G. Rajendra, chairman and CEO of A. O. Smith Corporation, observed. “Thanks to our long-time partnership with The Water Council, we are developing new approaches and new technologies to address this issue, and we look forward to sharing our story in Washington, D.C.”
Other guests in attendance at the day’s events will include several key stakeholders on the subject from multiple sectors, including Badger Meter, Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Marquette University, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (invited), U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (invited), U.S. Water Alliance, Water Environment Federation, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, among many others.