Global Water Center opens in Milwaukee, WI

The Water Council continues to establish Milwaukee WI as the global hub for water-centric technologies and innovation.  The testament of this ongoing effort is now visible when you step inside the Global Water Center.

The Global Water Center is a renovated seven story, 93,000 sq. ft. building, located at the site of a 100 year old vacant warehouse, 247 Freshwater Way.  This building is more than just office space – it’s an incubator where start-ups, entrepreneurs and established water-centric companies share ideas and collaborate to solve global water problems.

The Global Water Center is an incubator where start-ups, entrepreneurs and established companies share ideas and collaborate to solve global water problems. (Photo courtesy: The Water Council)

The Global Water Center is an incubator where start-ups, entrepreneurs and established companies share ideas and collaborate to solve global water problems. (Photo courtesy: The Water Council)

During last week’s Grand Opening, you could feel the excitement and passion amongst water professionals attending the event.  Several hundred people gathered in front of the Global Water Center as leaders from Milwaukee and the Water Council expressed their enthusiasm and commitment to solving global water problems.

Several hundred people gathered in front of the Global Water Center to celebrate the Grand Opening.  UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell and The Water Council CEO Dean Amhaus joined the celebration.

It was an exciting afternoon for UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell and The Water Council CEO Dean Amhaus as they shared their vision for Milwaukee and the Global Water Center.

As I walk up a short flight of stairs into the Global Water Center, I see and feel Rich Meeusen’s vision and approach to solving our world’s water problems.

Global Water Center Entrance

Rich Meeusen is the CEO of Badger Meter, a co-founder of The Water Council and the driving force behind the idea and development of the Global Water Center.

Immediately upon walking into the Global Water Center, you feel the presence and excitement in solving global water problems.

Immediately upon walking into the Global Water Center, you feel the presence and excitement in solving global water problems.

I made sure to stop by A.O. Smith and learn about their innovative water filtration system on display. It’s helping people all over the world get access to clean water.  “In some parts of the world where municipalities generate cleaning drinking water, the water might not be suitable to drink by the time it reaches the faucet. This system solves that problem,” shared an A.O. Smith engineer as we discussed the model.

I spoke with an engineer at A.O. Smith about an innovative water filtration system that helps people all over the world get access to clean water.

I spoke with an engineer at A.O. Smith about an innovative water filtration system that helps people all over the world get access to clean water.

As I continued to explore the Global Water Center I met two remarkable entrepreneurs, Jim Schwai and Hensley Foster. Jim and Hensley are co-founders of Alga Bionics, have known each other for years and through the Global Water Center their dream is becoming a reality.

I was pretty fortunate to chat with Hensley Foster, co founder of Alga Bionics.  He's an incredible entrepreneur and changing our perception of algae as 'pond scum' to a living resource for treating wastewater and producing proteins for aquacultural and livestock feed.

I was pretty fortunate to chat with Hensley Foster, co founder of Alga Bionics.

 

Jim and Hensley are incredible entrepreneurs and are changing our perception of algae from ‘pond scum’ to a living resource for treating wastewater and producing proteins for aquacultural and livestock feed.

 

 

Jim and Hensley believe in a water purification system that mimics nature and can be scaled from residential to large-scale commercial applications. They have created wastewater treatment technologies that integrate the use of algae.  “Its a closed loop system,” Jim excitedly shares, “that is completely self-sustaining.”

Alga Bionics has developed an Urban Enterprise Model - a closed loop system to help communities create sustainable environments.

Alga Bionics has developed an Urban Enterprise Model – a closed loop system to help communities create sustainable environments.

In October, Jim will present his Urban Enterprise model in Belize. The goal is to help people in extended drought seasons collect and purify water, grow plants and greens, cultivate fish and chickens and create a marketable product – fertilizer and feed.

I also chatted with several other innovative companies including Badger Meter and Hanging Gardens.

At Advanced Waste Services we have a passion and energy for helping businesses meet their environmental obligations.  At the Grand Opening, I felt the same passion and energy amongst my peers. This is why the Global Water Center is the global hub for water innovation and entrepreneurship.

To learn more how Advanced Waste Services helps businesses meet their environmental obligations including recycling and treatment of industrial wastewater into clean, reusable water explore our website or ask us a question below. 

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3 thoughts on “Global Water Center opens in Milwaukee, WI

  1. Mr. DeNucci,
    Thank you for sharing about this exciting event on your blog. I very interested in sustainability and particularly the water on our earth as people seem so unaware of the looming problem in our not so distant future. The fact that this system is more efficient in delivering clean water in the time that it is needed is fantastic. I am glad it is a closed system at work here. Obviously this is such a benefit and allows us to freely share the technology with the world, rather than worrying about the timeline of use. The use of algae and other green parts of our environment is a great approach and seems, in my mind, to make this a less expensive endeavor than it could have been. I wonder if the nations around the globe will see it as beneficial at the cost it would take to make it happen.
    Thanks again!!

    • Emily,
      Thanks for sharing the story about the Global Water Center. The people at Alga Bionics have a great story to share and they have some impressive ideas for creating sustainable communities.
      Let me know if you plan to chat with them.
      Thanks much,
      Joe

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