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The Water Council Opens Spring Tech Challenge

Parul Dubey on March 22, 2023 - in Announcement, Events

Milwaukee, WI – The Water Council has opened its spring Tech Challenge with topics chosen by industry leaders to help solve challenges in the water sector.

The semi-annual Tech Challenge is open to anyone with a novel solution for the selected topics, including researchers, individuals, entrepreneurs, startups and established companies. This session’s topics, selected by program sponsors A. O. Smith Corporation, Badger Meter and Watts Water Technologies, are:

  • Electrochemical sensors to detect pharmaceutical pollutants in water
  • Low-cost structural plastic materials for use in chlorinated water


Participants compete for a prize of up to $10,000 and, more importantly, the chance to get their innovation in front of leading water technology companies with the potential for further partnership down the road. All finalists present directly to research and development representatives from the sponsor companies.

Applications are due May 1. Visit thewatercouncil.com/TechChallenge for more information.

“This is an opportunity for innovators from all over the world to vet their concepts with leading industry professionals, and a chance for our sponsors to learn about novel solutions and technologies that they might not have found on their own,” said Karen Frost, The Water Council vice president of economic development and innovation.

In 2022, The Water Council received applications from 13 countries in response to its two Tech Challenge sessions.

About The Water Council:

The Water Council (TWC) is a global hub dedicated to solving critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and advancing water stewardship. Built on more than a century of innovation, TWC has coalesced one of the most concentrated and mature water technology clusters in the world from its headquarters at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Recognizing the need for smarter and more sustainable use of water worldwide, TWC also promotes water stewardship as a natural complement to water innovation in the effort to preserve freshwater resources in the Midwest and around the world. Today, The Water Council has established itself as a global leader in the water industry and one of America’s premier economic development clusters as recognized by government agencies, Brookings and the Harvard Business School.


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