Blog  /  July 2016  /  Taking a Regional Approach to Water Innovation

Blog Post Teaser

In an effort to drive water technology innovation and boost regional economies, the US EPA started the Environmental Technology Innovations Cluster Program. As the parent organization, the US EPA encourages collaboration, communication, and partnerships across regional clusters. Today, there are 16 clusters recognized by the US EPA with many regions working to identify and bring key organizations to the table each day.


By taking a regional approach to water technology innovation, water clusters across the country are developing tools to combat specific water quality and quantity issues. Unsurprisingly, each region has its own focus. Looking at our partnering organizations in water-stressed areas like Accelerate H2O in Texas, or H2O Tech Connect based in Southern California, there is a large focus in desalination technology as well as a huge focus on water efficient technologies. In the Great Lakes Region, organizations like Cleveland Water Alliance and The Water Council have a focus on freshwater and stormwater technologies. The focus here, is to ensure the integrity and water quality of our Great Lakes systems. With each regional cluster innovating technologies for problems specific to their most immediate need, there is a great opportunity to collaborate and export technologies across regions as well as abroad.


By joining a cluster, you’re not only joining the discussion of thousands of similar organizations, but you are also adding a new voice to the collaborative community working towards a common goal – solving the world’s water problems. Clusters drive innovation and increase regional output of new technologies. It’s been said time and again, there is no Silver Bullet to solve our nation’s water quality and quantity issues, but regional clusters are beginning to solve problems at a much faster rate than traditional approaches.