Water Tech Challenge

The Water Council connects water technology innovators to opportunities through corporate-sponsored tech challenges.

If you have a water tech idea or prototype with high potential for implementation or commercialization, we’re the link to get you to the next stage of development with corporate sponsors ready to help you make your idea a reality. 

As an applicant, your application will be reviewed by the corporate R&D team sponsors and if you are chosen, you’ll get the opportunity to present your innovation to A.O. SmithBadger Meter and Zurn and compete for:

  • Funding with maximum total prize money of $15,000
  • Opportunity for high potential for joint commercialization with market leaders
  • Access to sponsoring companies’ R&D team expertise

Accepting applications Sept.1 to Nov.1, 2020 


Water Quality Sensing and/or Remediating 

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for water quality sensing and/or remediating for:

  1. heavy metals and industrial chemicals (such as lead, PFOA and PFAS) in water and wastewater, and
  2. microbiological organisms in water and remediation using alternative disinfection technologies (non-chlorine)

Potential applications of these technologies include:

  • Presence of illicit discharges to storm and sanitary sewers
  • Presence of pathogens in water distribution system, wastewater effluent and biosolids
  • Process monitoring of wastewater treatment
  • Point of use
  • Industrial applications
  • Municipal water supply
  • Well water disinfection
  • Industrial wastewater discharge
  • Municipal wastewater effluent

Key success criteria:

  • Durable
  • Low cost
  • Long lasting
  • Low energy usage
  • Rapid response
  • Minimizing false positives or false negatives
  • Ability to work in environments with high turbidity and/or high temperature

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