If Milwaukee is going to successfully evolve from a 20th century “Rust Belt” city into a high-growth economy, it will need innovative companies in diverse sectors that play to the region’s strengths.

One key sector that has received plenty of local attention and resources the past several years is water. It’s an industry that I knew I wanted to follow closely when I joined Xconomy last month. To kick off that coverage, I have written a series of profiles of local water-tech startups that were accepted last year into a seed accelerator program at the Global Water Center, a downtown Milwaukee incubator that houses startups, researchers, and R&D teams from larger water-related companies. The center was opened last year by The Water Council, a Milwaukee-based water industry group.

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