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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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