Chicago Illinois USA


Current delivers advanced research and market-driven innovations to enhance water resources, build resilience and drive sustainable economic growth by bridging gaps in water technology commercialization.

Association Information


Regional Cluster


Chicago, Illinois and beyond

Our Organization Supports

Seekers, Solvers, Grant / Financing Programs

Markets We Touch

Municipal / Utility - Small, Municipal / Utility - Mid-Size, Municipal / Utility - Large, Commercial - Schools / Universities / Academic Research Facility, Commercial - Food Processing / Grocer / Supermarket / Restaurant, Agriculture, Industrial - Energy / Power Generation, Industrial - Chemical / Pharmaceutical, Industrial - z.Other Manufacturing Operations, Industrial - Oil & Gas, Rural, Natural Environments, z-OTHER: Financing / Investment as Specified


Current, a non-profit based in Chicago, launched in 2016 as a partnership of the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and World Business Chicago. Current leverages Chicago’s world-class utilities, research institutions, industries and innovation community for global environmental and economic impact.


Amplifies Water Research
-Convenes the capabilities of the Current Research Consortium, a global center of excellence in water research and technology development comprised of world-class universities and utilities
-Aligns member research capabilities with market-driven opportunities
-Delivers advanced fundamental science and practical, outcome-based applied research
-Pursues new research funding opportunities and cross-institutional/international

Validates Innovative Technologies
-Validates and de-risks early-stage water technologies through a structured and comprehensive process
-Analyzes technical and economic merits of innovative technologies
-Pilots technologies at-scale through Current’s testbed network of utility and industrial sites
-Assesses market potential and refines the business case for water technologies
-Reduces technology development risk and speeds time-to-market

Drives Growth & Scale
-Identifies early-adopter and beachhead market customers for successful commercialization
-Connects validated technologies with investors and customers
-Enhances members’ brand awareness through curated events and communication channels
-Supports members’ business development goals through new channel partners, markets and customers
-Builds national and international networks of researchers, innovators, solution providers, investors and end-users

Additional Information

Member Information

Member Focus

Planning, Design, Engineering & Consulting, z-OTHER, Stormwater, Quality, Treatment & Remediation, Emergency Response & Disaster Recovery, Monitoring, Controls & Instrumentation, Operator / Operations & Management, Testing & Analysis, Equipment, Parts & Materials, Infrastructure, Storage & Distribution, Installation & Maintenance

Member Interests

Agriculture, Education, Energy - Water Nexus, Industry / Industrial Processes, Natural Environments, Market Development & Expansion, Research, Technology & Innovation, Sustainability / Green Initiatives, Rural & Rural Communities, Remediation, Water Quality, Data, Sensors, Controls & Instrumentation, Disaster Response, Relief & Recovery, Infrastructure & Equipment, Planning, Design & Engineering, Storms & Stormwater

Member Benefits

Water is our most precious resource. Together, we can find innovative solutions to enhance it, use it more productively and ensure its availability.

Utilities and end-users face no shortage of water challenges. But finding the right solution can be daunting.

At Current we’re bridging gaps in water tech commercialization to reduce the risk, cost and time-to-market for the water innovations that communities, utilities and industries need.

Whether you develop, use, or invest in water tech solutions, becoming a member of Current will help you create value, improve performance and deliver results.


Utility / Industry / Corporate:
You need cost-effective, validated and de-risked technology solutions for compliance and optimized performance.

Technology Innovators:
You develop water tech and are seeking new markets, validation opportunities, and/or investment capital.

Professional Services:
Your firm is interested in new clean tech-related marketing and business development opportunities.

You acquire or invest in water tech and are looking for validated and de-risked solutions, as well as access to cutting edge research and next gen tech innovation.

Research Institutions:
Your university or research institution is seeking new collaboration, funding or tech transfer opportunities and wants to be part of the Current Research Consortium, a growing center of excellence in water-related research.

Nonprofits / Associations / Government:
You are interested in partnering with Current to inform policy, broaden your reach and maximize your impact.


Current offers a range of membership programs and services to meet your needs:
- Develop new customers/partners through Current’s Networks
- Find innovative solutions in Current’s Tech Reservoir database
- Scout promising technologies validated through Current’s Demonstration Program
- Pilot new innovations as part of Current’s Testbed Network
- Stay up-to-date on cutting edge research through the Current Research Consortium
- Leverage branding opportunities through marketing channels and events
- Demonstrate sustainability and environmental leadership

Member Contact

20 West Kinzie Street, Suite 9046, Chicago, IL 60654
Steve Frenkel, Executive Director
(312) 590-8888

Contact Information


20 West Kinzie Street, Suite 9046


Chicago Illinois 60654


(312) 590-8888


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