Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today announced $800,000 in funding available for innovative water projects in the Commonwealth, and the findings of the Massachusetts Water Technology Industry Roadmap. The announcements were made at the Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts (SWIM), an annual gathering of industry professionals and stakeholders hosted by the New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN).
“Water infrastructure and technology are pivotal components in protecting the Commonwealth’s natural resources while promoting the state’s vibrant economy,” said Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The announcement of grant funding for water improvement projects, and the unveiling of the Water Technology Roadmap, will reinforce the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to providing clean water to Massachusetts citizens while encouraging more efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly technologies.”
Under a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the funding, originally authorized in the Water Infrastructure Bill passed by the Legislature in 2014, will assist municipal wastewater treatment plants in their efforts to adopt energy efficient and innovative treatment technologies and will support the development of a water technology demonstration network.
“This funding will support innovation and help wastewater and drinking water facilities reduce electricity consumption, cut energy costs for communities and reduce carbon dioxide emissions,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg.
At SWIM, Secretary Beaton also announced the findings of the Massachusetts Water Technology Industry Roadmap. The report, commissioned by MassCEC and completed by the Battelle Memorial Institute, found that Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to meet the world’s water challenges due to its high levels of research activity and strong innovation infrastructure.
“The Roadmap shows Massachusetts has all the tools to lead the world in water innovation,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. “Local water innovation companies are developing the technologies and products that will help tackle the world’s most significant water challenges.”
The Roadmap, which estimates Massachusetts’ water technology sector as a $1.7 billion industry with 93 companies and more than 5,200 employees, offers targeted measures to ensure that the Commonwealth is on the path to becoming a major global water technology center.