The essential role of water in shaping the world’s civilizations past and present is readily apparent. Looking forward, water will take center stage. The world’s economy will reorganize itself and water will be a crucial pivot point as the forces of global economic growth continue to collide with the forces of global resource scarcity.
Those places that lead in innovating new water technologies - and master the complex blend of expertise needed to efficiently clean, store, process, distribute, and use water - will have the foundations to gain strong positions in the global economy.
With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization, consisting of more than 160 members, is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals.
To align the regional freshwater research community and water-related industries to establish the Milwaukee region as the World Water Hub for water research, economic development, and education.
Be the globally connected epicenter for freshwater research, innovation, education, and business development.
With the support of our members, contributors, and new international partners, The Water Council advanced its global leadership in 2014 with new programming, funding, and talent to steer a course for our water network to be at the forefront of an increasingly competitive global water market.Read the Co-Chair Letter
The Leadership Strategic Vision is a high-level, opportunity-driven vision designed to communicate The Water Council’s trajectory and key next directions. The role of the strategic framework is to sharpen the focus of The Water Council going forward.View the Leadership Vision
In 2014, The Water Council formed a new partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) to document the water renaissance happening in Wisconsin they believe will shape the economic future of the state.Read about the Partnership
More than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and approximately 2.5 billion don’t have adequate sanitation, making billions vulnerable to disease and other development challenges.Read Article
Depending on whom you ask, the drought that has plagued California since 2012 is the worst since the gold rush, the worst in 500 years or possibly the worst ever.Read Article
Successful innovators are the people who see a demand before it arises and develop the technology required to meet it.Read Article
The Global Water Center is a state-of-the-art water business and research accelerator located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the heart of the most densely populated water-technology business cluster in the United States.Read about the cornerstone of the World Water Hub