Pilot program selects two winners to advance water technology prototypes

Doug Winkie from Solar Water Works (Milwaukee) shows off the product — a solar-powered, catalytic oxidation process for stormwater disinfection — that earned an award from the Water Council’s Pilot Deployment Program. The award comes with 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. Image courtesy of Susan Bence.

Doug Winkie from Solar Water Works (Milwaukee) shows off the product — a solar-powered, catalytic oxidation process for stormwater disinfection — that earned an award from the Water Council’s Pilot Deployment Program. The award comes with 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. Image courtesy of Susan Bence.

The Water Council’s Pilot Deployment Program recently selected two winners to move their water technology working prototypes to real world demonstration sites for practical application. The pilot program, a partnership between the Water Council (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Fund for Lake Michigan, 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.

The chosen technologies best aligned with the program’s goal to address integrated water solutions through innovation, application and demonstration, while maintaining a cost-efficient, scalable and deployable model.

  • Rain:Net powered by Opti, one of the winning projects developed by Veolia Water Milwaukee and OptiRTC Inc. (Boston), promises to enhance green infrastructure performance by providing the ability to actively control and monitor stormwater discharge from green infrastructure based on sensor and satellite data and weather forecast information.
  • Solar Water Works (Milwaukee) — the other winner — utilizes a solar-powered, catalytic oxidation process for stormwater disinfection to measure reaction rate constants for disinfection of two types of bacteria.

In addition to funding to develop, manufacture, and deploy a prototype of their technology, the winners also will receive access to key demonstration sites across Milwaukee, support from the Water Council’s water technology network, and validation of their technologies through demonstration.

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