The Water Council opens spring Tech Challenge

March 22, 2023
With applications due May 1, this latest Tech Challenge seeks solutions for pharmaceutical pollutant detection and chlorinated water-tolerant structural plastic materials.

The Water Council has opened its spring Tech Challenge with topics chosen by industry leaders to help solve challenges in the water sector.

The semi-annual Tech Challenge is open to anyone with a novel solution for the selected topics, including researchers, individuals, entrepreneurs, startups and established companies. This session’s topics, selected by program sponsors A. O. Smith Corporation, Badger Meter and Watts Water Technologies, are:

Electrochemical sensors to detect pharmaceutical pollutants in water

Low-cost structural plastic materials for use in chlorinated water

Participants compete for a prize of up to $10,000 and, more importantly, the chance to get their innovation in front of leading water technology companies with the potential for further partnership down the road. All finalists present directly to research and development representatives from the sponsor companies.

Applications are due May 1. More application information can be found at

“This is an opportunity for innovators from all over the world to vet their concepts with leading industry professionals, and a chance for our sponsors to learn about novel solutions and technologies that they might not have found on their own,” said Karen Frost, The Water Council vice president of economic development and innovation.

In 2022, The Water Council received applications from 13 countries in response to its two Tech Challenge sessions.

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