• FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    INNOVATION FROM CHICAGO UTILITIES AND CURRENT HIGHLIGHTED AT WEFTEC

     

    CHICAGO, Illinois (October 2, 2017) - Current, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and the Chicago Department of Water Management (CDWM) welcome the world’s water innovators to Chicago this week for WEFTEC, the Water Environment Foundation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. WEFTEC, the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference, convenes water and wastewater industry leaders.

     

    Current, Chicago’s new water tech innovation organization, and its partners MWRD and CDWM will be featured at WEFTEC throughout the week. Innovators from around the world, including Israel, the Netherlands, and Canada, will meet with Current to discuss piloting their technology in Chicago through Current and its partners. At Current’s inaugural “Innovators Forum,” industry leaders will share insights on commercializing new technologies and successful go-to-market strategies for solutions striving for market share.


    Current is convening the country’s leading investors, technology companies, and industry executives at our Innovators Forum,” said Steve Frenkel, Executive Director of Current. “Chicago is in a unique position to lead the world in water tech innovation given our strong water industry and international influence.”


    The MWRD will receive awards for their Stickney Water Reclamation Plant Nutrient Recovery Facility and the innovative facility design at their Calumet Tunnel and Reservoir Plan.

     

    “The MWRD is proud to highlight our innovative work to transform the wastewater industry through resource recovery, outcome engineering and nutrient management,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD Executive Director. “Current plays an important role in bolstering the MWRD’s work using Current’s innovative tech-to-market platform that offers the technology validation and real-world demonstration needed to grow and scale innovations.”

     

    Current, a non-profit based in Chicago, amplifies advanced water research, pilots new water technology, and brings viable innovations to market. Current’s unique partnership with the MWRD and CDWM leverages each utility’s scale and capacity via the world’s largest filtration and treatment plants.

     

    “Through our partnership with Current, our goal is to host a variety of cutting-edge technology pilots that deliver greater environmental and economic sustainability,” said CDWM Commissioner Randy Conner. “WEFTEC is ripe with new collaboration opportunities for Current and CDWM.”

     

    For more information on WEFTEC, visit www.weftec.org.

     

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    CONTACT:

    Jackie Blair

    Current

    314.276.1303

    jblair@currentwater.org

     

    Allison Fore

    Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

    312.751.6626

    forea@mwrd.org

     

    Megan Vidis

    Chicago Department of Water Management

    312.744.8758

    Megan.Vidis@cityofchicago.org