Through the support of a Wells Fargo Clean Technology & Innovation grant, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and Fund for Lake Michigan, The Water Council launched Pilot Program, an initiative supporting the progression of new water technologies from the lab with a working prototype, to real world demonstration sites for practical application. The Pilot Program provides support and funding to businesses of all sizes to help develop and validate new, cutting-edge products from prototype to small-scale production and manufacturing. Selected projects must address integrated water solutions through innovation, application and demonstration while maintaining a cost-efficient, scalable, and deployable model.

Through the promotion of local development and support of our partners, The Water Council is able to accelerate the deployment of technologies needed to solve problems, create new business, and improve water quality and quantity on a regional and global scale.


Veolia Water Milwaukee / OptiRTC, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI / Boston, MA) – Rain:Net powered by Opti will actively control and monitor stormwater discharge from Green Infrastructure based on sensor and satellite data and weather forecast information. This technology will enhance the performance of Green Infrastructure by reducing wet-weather discharge. The status and performance of Green Infrastructure outfitted with Rain:Net will be available to view on dynamic web-dashboards.

Solar Water Works (Madison, WI) – Utilizing a solar-powered, catalytic oxidation process for stormwater disinfection, Solar Water Works will measure reaction rate constants for disinfection of two types of bacteria. Data collected will be used for the design and economic analysis of larger-scale stormwater maintenance implementations.


Water POD by Stonehouse Water Technologies, LLC – With growing concerns about the current and future needs for freshwater access globally, Stonehouse Water Technologies has created a cost-effective, modular, mini water filtration system. The “Water POD” (Potable On Demand) solves the problem of a lack of healthy, clean drinking water in underserved and distressed populations where water contamination is a part of daily life. The POD utilizes multiple processes to remove pathogens, such as Cryptosporidium, viruses, bad odor and taste, and reduces a variety of heavy metals such as Arsenic to safe levels.

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Do you have a fresh and exciting water technology related prototype ready for infield testing? Contact Elizabeth Thelen, Director of Entrepreneurship & Talent, at for more information.


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