The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) announced a partnership with Isle Utilities to host the second set of Technology Approval Group (TAG) meetings in Toronto on October 16, 2016.

TAG is a distinctive innovation forum that allows water and wastewater utilities to investigate emerging water sector technologies that have been pre-qualified and vetted by Isle’s global network of experts. In the forum, presenting technology companies address the specific challenges of municipal participants along both water and wastewater technology tracks, including shortcomings of incumbent technologies, current process challenges, and future regulatory and treatment requirements.

After the success of Ontario’s first TAG last October, the event is returning in an expanded form during Ontario Water Innovation Week.

Given the large number of emerging technologies, TAG allows utility managers to effectively access and assess the most promising solutions in the marketplace effectively, among their peers. Likewise, this forum provides technology providers with access to key decision makers. This direct connection creates an invaluable feedback loop to support the uptake of innovative solutions. On average, 50 per cent of end users follow up with technology providers with 25 per cent resulting in a discussion about a trial or sale.

WaterTAP’s president and CEO, Dr. Peter Gallant said, “The Isle TAG forum is one of the most vital venues for groundbreaking technologies to receive consideration from municipal utilities. After our successful pilot last year, we are excited to continue our mission of connecting technologies to end users in the Ontario water marketplace.”

Cristina Ahmadpour, president of Isle Utilities North America said, “Ontario boasts many successful contributions to the global water industry. Isle is thrilled to partner with WaterTAP to further innovation by supporting utilities as they search for technical solutions. We are looking forward to delivering this second year of TAG to an eager group of end users, as well as strengthening our partnership with WaterTAP in the years to come.”

WaterTAP invites Canadian water and wastewater utility managers and directors to participate in this year’s TAG event. Please contact Jon Grant (jon.grant@watertapontario.com) at WaterTAP for further information and registration details.

Read more about Isle Utilities in the September/October issue of Water Canada.

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