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    Current Demonstration

    Tests Innovative Technologies In Real-World Settings

    • Validates early-stage water technologies through a structured and comprehensive process
    • Assesses market potential and helps refine the business case for new water tech

    • Analyzes technical and economic merits of innovative technologies
    • Reduces technology development risk and speeds time-to-market

    • Pilots technologies at-scale through Current’s testbed network of utility and industrial sites

    To find innovative technologies that fit with your operational and business needs, to see potential pilot opportunities with Current’s partners, and to get information on the innovation-focused regional and national events, go to Current Demonstration platform here.

  • Apply To Current Demonstration

    If you are an innovator or solution provider seeking validation or pilot testing/demonstration of your technology, please submit an application for consideration by Current.
    Current will review and screen all applications. Submitting an application does not guarantee enrollment in the full Current Demonstration program.

  • Program Overview

    Technical Review

    And Analysis

    The Current Demonstration program rigorously evaluates the scientific, engineering and economic fundamentals of new water technologies. Current assess operational and financial performance to determine if technologies are likely to deliver the expected value to investors and customers (utilities, industrial water users).

    Pilot Testing And Demonstration

    Current pilots promising technologies with sound engineering and economic fundamentals through our technology test-bed network. The network includes utility and industrial sites that host technology pilots and demonstrations, including the world’s largest water filtration plant and wastewater treatment plant located in Chicago.



    Current Demonstration is open to both U.S. and international companies, including pre-revenue early-stage innovators as well as growth-stage and mature companies, seeking pilot and demo opportunities to assist with validation and commercialization.

  • Current Demonstration Delivers

    De-Risked Innovation

    Current's validation platform de-risks innovation for utilities, industrial water users, technology acquirers, and investors to enable technology development, deployment, investment and acquisition.

    Faster Time-To-Market

    Current speeds technology commercialization and lowers product development costs for innovations that deliver better economics, quality, and environmental performance.

    Enhanced Deal Flow & Financing

    Validating technology solutions through Current enhances deal flow by allowing end-users and investors to better understand the market potential and business case of water innovations.

  • Demonstration Sites

    Current's network of pilot and demonstration sites includes world-class public utilities, commercial/industrial facilities, national labs and universities. Current’s test-bed sites support both early stage proof-of-concepts and at-scale field-testing of growth stage technologies.

  • Birdseye view of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago's wastewater treatment plant

    Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC)

    The District owns and operates the world’s largest water reclamation plant (Stickney), six additional plants and 22 pumping stations. MWRDGC runs a biosolids program, supports green stormwater infrastructure, generates its own energy and recovers other organic resources. Click here to see a full list of MWRD facilities.

    Birdseye view of the City of Chicago Department of Water Management's Jardine Water Treatment Plant

    City of Chicago Department of

    Water Management

    The City operates the world’s largest surface water treatment plant and purifies about a billion gallons of water per day. In addition to treatment needs, the City’s water distribution system and sewer collection system are also managed by the City's Department of Water Management.

    Birdseye view of the Downers Grove Sanitation District's Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Downers Grove Sanitation District

    The Sanitation District operates one treatment plant with 11 million gallon per day (MGD) to 22 MGD (average to maximum flow) capacity and excess flow facilities with 88 MGD additional wet weather capacity. The treatment process includes single stage nitrification activated sludge, disinfection, anaerobic digestion, co-digestion of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and combined heat and power facilities for energy recovery from digester gas.

    Image of EJ Water Coop's Gila Water Treatment Plant

    EJ Water Cooperative

    EJ Water is a top innovating water co-op dedicated to customer experience and growing small communities. Founded in 1989, EJ Water is now the fastest growing regional water system in rural Illinois. Since their humble beginnings, they have grown into a 13 county regional system and have over 3,000 miles of main. Their service area is over 2,500 square miles, serving a population of over 60,000 people.

  • Join The Current Demonstration
    Site Network

    Current is seeking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities as well as industrial water users across industry types to join the Current Demonstration Site Network.


    By joining, you become a partner in the technology validation and commercialization process by offering innovators the opportunity to pilot test or demonstrate their technology in a
    real-world setting at your facility.

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