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The Water Environment Federation brings together US and Canada water clusters

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The Water Environment Federation is a non-for-profit association, created in 1928, which aims to provide technical education and training to water professionals, to improve water quality and distribution. In May 2018, they took the leadership of an 18 water-clusters network across the US and Canada.

This network of cluster was previously networked through the U.S. Environmental Protection. Through this governance change, WEF wants to facilitation communication between clusters, advise cluster organisations, enable cluster collaboration and identify water programmes that support activities.

According to Eileen O’Neill in Water Online, WEF executive Director, “These clusters align perfectly with a core part of the Water Environment Federation’s mission to accelerate development and implementation of innovative technologies and approaches in the water sector.”

WEF seems to be the institution to target for European Water clusters which want to build cluster collaboration with US and Canadian partners.

The clusters in the network are:

  • AccelerateH2O - Texas
  • Akron Global Water Alliance - Akron, Ohio
  • BlueTechValley - Fresno, California
  • Cleveland Water Alliance - Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie Basin
  • Confluence Water Technology Innovation Cluster - Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky/Southeast Indiana
  • Current - Chicago
  • H2OTECH - Southeastern U.S.
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • The Maritime Alliance - San Diego
  • North East Water Innovation Network -  New England
  • Prosper Portland – Oregon
  • PureBlue - Seattle
  • Sustain OC – Irvine, California
  • The Water Council - Milwaukee
  • WaterNEXT – Alberta, Canada
  • Water Technology Innovation Ecosystem - Philadelphia
  • WaterStart - Las Vegas
  • WaterTAP – Ontario, Canada

For more information, visit www.wef.org/techclusters.