Canadian Water Technology Tour to Chicago and Milwaukee

June 25, 2018 - June 28, 2018

Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI

WaterTAP, with funding from the Global Opportunities for Industry Associations (GOA) federal government grants and contribution program, and in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, is organizing a four-day tour to Chicago and Milwaukee to showcase Canadian water technologies to utility partners.

Program Highlights (complete agenda coming soon)

  • Pitch your technologies to decision makers at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in an intimate round table environment
  • Tour water/wastewater facilities in Chicago and area
  • Participate in The Water Council’s annual Water Leaders Summit at the Harley-Davidson Museum and tour the Global Water Center in Milwaukee
  • Early Canada Day celebration at the Grohmann Museum in downtown Milwaukee
  • Networking and B2B opportunities with end users, companies, government, NGOs, etc.

Is this program right for you?

  • Your Canadian company owns a proven technology and has some experience doing business in the United States
  • Your company is established but has a new technology, and an available prototype
  • Your company has the capacity to supply or service large utilities

Why Chicago and Milwaukee?

Both Chicago and Milwaukee have made a name for themselves as distinct hubs for water innovation. Home to some of the largest water and wastewater plants in the world, Chicago is also known for taking innovative and influential approaches to water challenges. It’s also where CURRENT, one of WaterTAP’s peer water tech cluster organizations, is located. Milwaukee is home to the Global Water Center and The Water Council, which hosts the prestigious annual BREW Accelerator program and is also one of WaterTAP’s peer organizations.

About the Utilities

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

  • Selected by a peer committee of utility leaders to receive the inaugural Utility of the Future designation in 2016.
  • Operates the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Cicero, Illinois, in addition to six other plants and 23 pumping stations. Treats an average of 5,700,000 m3 of wastewater each day.
  • Territory covers approximately 91% of land area and 98% of the valuation of Cook County, Illinois. Serves an area of 2,290 km2 which covers the City of Chicago and 125 suburban municipalities. The District’s 900 km of intercepting sewer mains are linked to approximately 10,000 local connections.
  • Shares responsibility with the Army Corps of Engineers for the Chicago Area Water System, including the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and approximately 122 km of waterways, part of a national system connecting the Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Oversees one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken—the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, better known as the “Deep Tunnel Project.” Includes more than 100 miles of tunnels, 9 to 33 feet in diameter, each part of an extensive flood mitigation and pollution control project.
  • Employs Canadian technologies from companies such as Ostara and TrojanUV, and seeks additional products/technologies.

City of Chicago Department of Water Management

  • Operates the two largest capacity conventional water treatment plants in the world. Together the two facilities process almost a billion gallons of water every day, supplying water to the city of Chicago and 125 suburban communities in Illinois.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

  • A regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Serve 411 square miles that cover all, or segments of, six watersheds.
  • Regarded nationally as a leader in wastewater treatment, flood management, green infrastructure and much more.
  • Received the U.S. Water Prize and many other awards, and most proud of its record of 98.5%, since 1994, for capturing and cleaning wastewater from 28 communities in a 411 square mile area.

Water Technologies Sought

  • Nutrient treatment and reduction solutions, including for source and agricultural applications
  • Lowering energy costs and recycling energy within plants
  • Green infrastructure and stormwater solutions, particularly residential solutions
  • Resource recovery solutions, including recovery of product from process waste
  • Real-time phosphorus/nitrogen process control sensors for wastewater and drinking water applications
  • Rapid analytical field tests for metals, organics, biologicals
  • EPA-certified rapid field lead tests
  • Solutions for low velocity flows that cause sewage to become septic
  • Solutions for manhole lids and air pressure
  • Odour control, sampling, monitoring, and modeling
  • Flow metering of small diameter pipes, or pipes with less than two inches of flow
  • Advanced technologies for sewer inspections
  • Solutions for cleaning large diameter pipes
  • Preventative maintenance – algorithms for process analysis
  • Reducing I/I with green infrastructure and proving the benefit
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions, including better prediction strategies for precipitation
  • Technologies for lining special sewer sections, lead service line replacement, no-dig options
  • Geothermal and hydrothermal solutions
  • Biosolids pasteurization
  • Options for hydroponics, aquaculture, and algae production at water reclamation facilities


Selected participants will receive financial support for 50% of airfare (to a maximum of CAD $700) and accommodation (to a maximum of CAD $200/night). The program covers ground transfers specific to the itinerary (e.g. transfer from Chicago to Milwaukee) and event registration. Participants are responsible for the remaining percentage of these costs, some meal costs, and any costs related to non-program business. Participants must also pay a $150 program fee. For full details about costs, please contact Lesley Herstein at WaterTAP:

How to Apply

This tour is open to four Canadian water technology companies (one representative per company). If your company is interested in participating, please submit this application form to Raad Seraj at WaterTAP ( no later than May 31, 2018.

Selected companies will be notified by June 6, 2018.