Industry members can participate in water treatment research projects
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has joined the Water Equipment & Policy Research Center (WEP) in order to promote advancement of the point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) drinking water treatment industry.
The WEP research center in Milwaukee operates under the auspices of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program. Two university laboratories involved in WEP (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Marquette University) are located next to each other in the Global Water Center building, which allows them to share equipment and extends their capital investment budget. The Water Council also is co-located within the Global Water Center building, which operates several programs that benefit start-ups that come out of the WEP program.
"WEP is a direct collaboration between university researchers and the water treatment industry," said WQA Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy. "It's a global hub for drinking water related research."
All of WEP's research is aimed to benefit the water treatment industry, with a strategic focus on POU/POE technologies. Research projects are selected by industry members. While WQA will not participate in projects once they reach the prototype stage, industry members can join the research center and participate in projects all the way through the patent stage, and will then be able to benefit with royalty-free access to the intellectual property.
As part of the partnership, WQA will be granted a seat on the WEP Industry Advisory Board to help guide research dollars toward projects that address the needs of our industry. WEP will provide periodic updates to keep WQA members aware of new technology advancements and will have a presence at WQA Conventions.