The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is now coordinating a network of 18 water technology clusters, including WaterTAP. The program was originally established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The water clusters are regional groupings of businesses, government, research institutions, and other organizations focused on development of innovative technologies to provide clean and reliable water. WEF will facilitate cluster communications, advise cluster organizations, enable collaboration between clusters, and identify water programs that support cluster activities.
WEF will coordinate the clusters program as a part of LIFT (Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology), a joint effort with The Water Research Foundation (WRF). The affiliation with WRF will bring additional benefits through the organization’s extensive expertise in water research, innovation, and technology. The program will also be supported by two representatives from the clusters: Bryan Stubbs, executive director of the Cleveland Water Alliance, and Aayushi Jain, associate for market transformation for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.
In addition to WaterTAP, the clusters in the network include:
- AccelerateH2O – Texas
- Akron Global Water Alliance – Akron, Ohio
- BlueTechValley – Fresno, California
- Cleveland Water Alliance – Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie Basin
- Confluence Water Technology Innovation Cluster – Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky/Southeast Indiana
- Current – Chicago
- H2OTECH – Southeastern U.S. Los Angeles
- Cleantech Incubator The Maritime Alliance – San Diego
- North East Water Innovation Network – New England
- Prosper Portland – Oregon
- PureBlue – Seattle Sustain OC – Irvine, California
- The Water Council – Milwaukee
- WaterNEXT – Alberta, Canada
- Water Technology Innovation Ecosystem – Philadelphia
- WaterStart – Las Vegas
For more information, visit www.wef.org/techclusters.