An “executive search firm” for water technology innovation

Launched in 2016, The Water Council’s Research & Commercialization (R&C) Program connects top tier members to an ecosystem of experts and innovations, and technical and programmatic support to advance technology development to meet the direct needs of industry. The program accelerates innovation, commercialization opportunities and adoption of technological water solutions for a wide range of industries including utilities, agriculture and manufacturers. Through a nationwide scouting team, detailed database and clearinghouse, and product matching and development teams, the R&C Program saves members time and money, expands access and identifies emerging technology and processes from federal, university and private labs and entrepreneurs from around the world.


  • Identify member needs
  • Scout technologies within federal and university labs, entrepreneurial efforts and private R&D
  • Engage a multi-disciplinary group of industry and subject-matter experts to analyze accrued innovations
  • Populate a proprietary database with vetted technologies and detailed analyses to expedite the development of solutions to world water challenges
  • Provide a technology showcase and searchable database for members to identify and advance promising technologies that align with their goals
  • Serve as a synthesizer of technologies, matching promising technologies and emerging research among the member base

The time to prepare is now. In the United States, the concentration of industry and employment—paired with the regional challenges in water management, quality and quantity—present an ever-increasing threat for industry. In fact, the estimated cost to business from 2011 to 2040 is projected to be $7.5 trillion in lost sales and $4.1 trillion in lost GDP.*

Karen Frost

VP Economic Development



*EDR Group and LIFT Model, University of Maryland, INFORUM Group 2011

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