WEF Takes on Coordination of Water Clusters Program

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) now is coordinating the Water Technology Innovation Clusters Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the program to form regional partnerships between businesses, government groups, research institutions, and other organizations focused on developing innovative technologies to provide clean and reliable water.

Currently, the program includes a network of 18 water technology clusters. The program increases collaboration and communication between participating organizations to help spur innovation, accelerate the development of new technologies, and streamline the adoption of new technologies. As coordinator, WEF will facilitate communications within and collaboration between the clusters as well as offer advice and recommend water programs that support the participating organizations.

“The robust networks of these remarkable clusters are helping to solve water challenges by catalyzing innovation, developing technology, and creating economic opportunity,” said Eileen O’Neill, WEF executive director. “These clusters align perfectly with a core part of the Water Environment Federation’s mission to accelerate development and implementation of innovative technologies and approaches in the water sector.”

The clusters program will be run as a focus group of the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program. LIFT is a joint program by WEF and The Water Research Foundation (Denver). Two representatives from the clusters, Bryan Stubbs, executive director of the Cleveland Water Alliance, and Aayushi Jain, manager of market transformation for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, will support the program.

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