Milwaukee, Wis. – The Water Council, a nonprofit organization championing water technology growth in the world’s freshwater hub, announced the winners of its Pilot Program. Launched in 2015 and funded by grants from the Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM), Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and Wells Fargo, the Pilot Program accelerates the validation of promising water technologies, paving a path to commercialization.
From solutions that address ozone purification for food and beverage applications to capturing bacteria in stormwater runoff, from capturing algae in wastewater and turning it into valuable by-products to a solution addressing failing septic systems, the following winners were chosen based on their ability to address integrated water solutions through innovation while maintaining a cost-efficient, scalable and deployable model:
- Marianna DeMyer of Roving Blue
- Rick Latella of DMR International
- Kelvin Okamoto of Gen3Bio
- Charles Otis and Brian Van Roy of Pulsed Burst Systems Synergy
The fifth round of Pilot Program winners was selected by FFLM and MMSD from a generous field of applicants. Commenting on several of the game-changing solution’s potential, “The technology proposed by DMR International has the potential to help reduce the biggest remaining threat to rivers and lakes across the country, polluted stormwater runoff,” said Matt Magruder, MMSD environmental research manager. “And Gen3Bio technology shows promise for reducing costs to clean water at our water reclamation facilities.”
“In partnership with The Water Council, we’re keen to support the piloting of new technologies that have the potential to be game-changers in how we prevent pollution from fouling our region’s rivers and beaches,” said Vicki Elkin, executive director of the Fund for Lake Michigan.
According to Karen Frost, vice president of economic development at The Water Council, the strength of the Pilot Program is directly attributed to funding partners committed to water tech innovation. “Because of FFLM, MMSD and Wells Fargo’s pilot support, four novel water innovations that address critical water challenges are now on the path to commercialization, resulting in not only strong market potential but also high-value impact.”
Since the launch of the Pilot Program in 2015, the program has now awarded grants of $643,000 to 13 companies to help pilot technologies in Wisconsin while accelerating the deployment of technologies needed to solve problems, create new business and improve water quality on a regional and global scale.