In a move that further expands Wisconsin’s global presence in the water technology sector, The Water Council today signed two agreements during Governor Scott Walker’s trade mission to Israel that will increase collaboration and establish new partnerships between Wisconsin and Israel.

The Water Council and the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev signed an agreement that calls for collaboration on water-related applied research aimed at introducing new technologies into the global marketplace through Wisconsin’s National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Water Equipment and Policy (WEP).

The Water Council and the Israel Innovation Authority also signed an agreement to develop a new research partnership in which Israeli and Wisconsin water technology start-up companies will collaborate on piloting and developing new applications for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and other Wisconsin water utilities.

The agreements were signed in separate ceremonies in Tel Aviv and at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva on the last full day of Governor Scott Walker’s trade mission to Israel.

“These agreements will further enhance Wisconsin’s international reputation as a global leader in water technology by forging new partnerships that will pay dividends in the long run,” said Governor Walker. “These partnerships will strengthen the sector in both countries, and are expected to open new markets to water technology companies in Wisconsin and Israel.”

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