As neighbours do, two leading water innovation organizations have begun a new partnership to support the uptake of promising new water technologies. Today at the World Water-Tech North America Summit in Toronto, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) announced a new partnership with the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) through the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program.

This new partnership formally acknowledges the natural synergies between the two organizations, strengthens their relationship, and promises that they will work together to leverage resources to advance water innovation, including collaborating on identifying new technologies, facilitating pilots and demonstrations, and sharing information and data on technology performance.

“We’re pleased to partner with WaterTAP, particularly as both of our organizations are working to advance new technologies, introduce them to end users, and actively lower the risk associated with adopting innovative solutions,” said Jeff C. Moeller, P.E., director of water technologies at WE&RF. “Additionally, this new connection to Canada represents another step forward in a highly valued trade relationship between our countries. Our partnership will open doors for companies and end users in each market.”

“We’re excited to be LIFT’s first Canadian partner,” said Dr. Peter Gallant, president and CEO of WaterTAP. “This successful program directly complements the work WaterTAP is doing to accelerate the growth of promising and disruptive technologies developed in Ontario and reduce the barriers to market entry that innovative technologies often face. LIFT provides a powerful process for innovative water technology providers to connect with some of the world’s leading municipalities.”

L-R: Jeff Moeller, Melissa Meeker, Dr. Peter Gallant, Rick VanSant ‎Chair of the Board, WaterTAP.

The two organizations plan to meet throughout the year to discuss opportunities to collaborate. More information on WaterTAP, LIFT, and WE&RF are available on the websites below.

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, funds research, pilot projects, and technology demonstrations that maximize the value of water, including wastewater, stormwater, and other water sources. WE&RF is recognized worldwide as a trusted source of innovation and peer-reviewed research in wastewater, water reuse, and resource recovery. LIFT is a joint initiative of the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) designed to accelerate adoption of innovative water technologies.

The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) was established in 2010 by the Government of Ontario. It brings private sector experience and guidance to helping water industry entrepreneurs gain access to the resources they need to successfully commercialize their products and services and grow their businesses.


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