Ten years ago, Milwaukee’s first water summit took place under little fanfare. At the time, there was no Water Council and no Global Water Center according to Dean Amhaus, Water Council president.

“It was really a two-hour meeting that occurred and we probably had 60 or 80 people down at Discovery World,” he recalls. At the time, the main concern of the small group was advancing water technology in a coherent and collaborative way. “How do we collectively come together between industry, academia, government, NGOs, to move that forward? We had no idea what that was, we just thought it was the right time and the right place and it was necessary to go ahead.”

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