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We work with scientists, business partners, and water technology firms to turn ideas and research into commercial technologies.

Water technology is a $483 billion global market, and Southeast Wisconsin owns 5 percent of it. Milwaukee and the Great Lakes region has won numerous recognitions for water technology expertise, including being named a United Nations Global Compact City.

The Water Technology Accelerator (WaTA) provides world-class labs and equipment for UWM researchers and their collaborators to move innovative science to commercial application and develop technologies suitable for pre-production prototype formulation and evaluation. WaTA is a collaboration of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science, UW-Whitewater and The Water Council.

We are located within the Global Water Center in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, just 2 kilometers from the SFS Harbor Campus. The center houses The Water Council, academic research programs, large multinational companies, small water technology businesses, and water entrepreneurs, providing access to a vibrant community that is committed to advancing Milwaukee’s reputation as an international water hub.

Contact Information

Marcia Silva
Associate Scientist and Director, Water Technology Accelerator (WaTA)