Water Innovation

The New England area is home to one of the most diversified and innovative water technology industries in the world. With our universities, technology & engineering companies, investors, foundations, industrial water users and leading municipal water utilities, the Commonwealth possesses strong potential to bring world class water technology innovations and brainpower to U.S. and global markets.

Massachusetts has prioritized the development of the water technology industry by supporting the formation of a water technology industry cluster organization, helping the local industry access global partners and markets, and by providing early funding support for promising water technologies. Utilizing both the Water Innovation Trust and existing grant programs, MassCEC aims to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies in the water market.

                                                                                                 Water-Energy Nexus - MassCEC supports water innovation because of the interconnectivity of water and energy.


Water Innovation Resources

New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) - MassCEC has played a pivotal role in the expansion of the Massachusetts Water Cluster through this diverse network of innovators, students, engineering firms, researchers, equipment providers, test-beds, and senior government officials brought together to accelerate the introduction and commercialization of innovative water technologies.

2015 Water Technology Industry Roadmap - MassCEC, in collaboration with Battelle Memorial Institute and Redwood Innovation Partners, published this roadmap in order to describe the rapidly-developing Water Technology Industry in Massachusetts, and identify strategies to increase the impact of this industry on the Massachusetts economy. 

World Health Organization Water Page - General information, fact sheets, statistics and publications on the impact of water on global health.

United Nations Water Page - The United Nations inter-agency mechanism on all freshwater related issues, including sanitation.

World Water Day - World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.


Water Specific Funding Opportunities

In May 2015, the Commonwealth launched the Water Innovation Trust, with $800,000 of initial funding available for innovative water projects throughout Massachusetts.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), MassCEC will support the development of a robust water technology test-bed network and assist municipal wastewater treatment plants in their efforts to adopt energy efficient and innovative water treatment technologies. Grants will be awarded for:

Wastewater Treatment Pilot Program                                                            

  • The development of innovative wastewater treatment technologies that reduce electricity consumption, cut energy costs for communities and/or improve the treatment process.
  • MassCEC is currently offering grants of up to $150,000 to publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants that pilot innovative water technologies.

Feasibility Studies

  • Woodard and Curran will complete three different feasibility studies at three potential test bed sites across the Commonwealth in order to assess the physical condition of the site (electrical, mechanical, structural, etc.) and develop gross estimates of the capital costs needed for facility rehabilitation to support industry research efforts. The tests will run until September of 2017.
  • The three sites are:
    • The Massachusetts Alternative Septic Testing Center (MASSTC) in Barnstable County on Cape Cod that is currently operational
    • The UMass Amherst Wastewater Pilot Plant in Amherst, MA which has not been constructed to date
    • The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Deer Island Pilot Plant which has been offline since approximately 2001


Non-Water Specific Funding Opportunities 

MassCEC offers a variety of funding opportunities that can support the development, demonstration and commercialization of innovative water technologies depending on the technological readiness of the project.

  • The Catalyst program provides grants to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate the feasibility of their clean water technologies and obtain increased industry and investor interest.
  • The InnovateMass program addresses the widely-recognized funding gap between early- and late-stage clean energy and water technology companies by demonstrating the commercial readiness of innovative technologies at paired demonstration sites.
  • The DeployMass program supports water innovation technology companies looking for their first or early customers, and facilitates the adoption of new innovative technologies at public agencies, schools and communities across the Commonwealth.

Other funding opportunities are available through our leveraging federal opportunities and academic collaboration programs.


Water News

  • Circle of Blue - Free global water news
  • Brown and Caldwell Water News - Free national water industry news from the nation's newspapers, magazines, and research publications 
  • Water Online - Free technical information and thought leadership for the drinking water and wastewater treatment community
  • Water World - An online news and technology source serving engineers, managers, and consultants in the water/wastewater industry worldwide.