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Water Innovation for Public Good

Cleaner, healthier, more resilient and sustainable water, while reducing costs.

There is not a shortage of water problems, nor brilliant innovations​ for solving them.

For water system owners,
operators, services and investors

Industries Served:

  • Municipalities​
  • Food Processing & Manufacturing​
  • Agriculture​

Facilities & Processes:​

  • Wastewater treatment / water reclamation​
  • Anaerobic digestion / resource recovery​
  • Landfill leachate treatment / resource recovery​
  • Industrial Water Treatment​
  • Potable Water Systems​

WaterTrust News

PFAS contamination. Key things to know.

PFAS contamination. Key things to know.

PFAS Contamination - Key Things to Know PFAS contamination of water resources has made the national stage recently. (See: Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ more common in tap water than thought). PFAS chemicals Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)...

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The Carbon Footprint of Water

The Carbon Footprint of Water

The Carbon Footprint of Water The carbon footprint of water is a modern way to talk about reducing water and energy and to create new environmental services. But there are some nuances in how you look at things which are important in making air and...

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The DNA of “Bourbon Gumbo”

The DNA of “Bourbon Gumbo”

A Microbe Detectives’ Classic DNA Study For those who missed the opportunity to get a good laugh and learn something about DNA sequencing, this is worth a read, reposted from the originals. Apparently this fella swimming in Bourbon Gumbo did not...

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WaterTrust Partners

jdl global

JDL Global Water, developer of FMBR technology, a low energy, small footprint decentralized wastewater treatment system (DEWATS). In JDL’s recent FMBR Pilot Demonstration at the Plymouth, Mass. Airport, the following savings were demonstrated.

77% energy savings
65% reduction of biosolids disposal
75% smaller footprint


Corncob, Inc.’s advanced membrane filtration system recovers clean water from any wastewater stream with 30% less capital, 50% less energy and an 80% smaller footprint. Corncob’s innovation continuously rotates a series of circular membranes installed along a horizontal axis thereby preventing suspended solids from adhering to membrane surfaces.

probiotic solutions

Probiotic Solutions® reduce biosolids, chemicals, aeration energy, dredging, sludge hauling and disposal costs of wastewater processes by stimulating beneficial microbes with proprietary, non-toxic, non-hazardous liquid formulations. A California municipality saved $6 million in dredging, hauling, disposal costs with a one year investment of $350 thousand.

pulsed burst

Pulsed Burst Mega Bubble Mixers provide innovative, low-cost mixing solutions for wastewater treatment processes, using large bubbles that rise through the column of water to achieve effective mixing of solids. They are rugged, easy to install and maintain, only require low pressure air to operate, and have a self-cleaning design.

barr engineering

Barr Engineering Co. provides engineering and environmental consulting services to clients across North America and around the world. Barr engineers, scientists, and technical specialists work together to help clients develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources. Alison Ling, PhD, PE of Barr Engineering is a WaterTrust Advisor and Principal Consultant.

microbe detectives
Microbe Detectives, a WaterTrust business, harnesses the power of modern DNA technology to analyze water and wastewater systems in municipal, industrial and agriculture markets. We empower leaders in facilities, technology, and service with knowledge about their water systems that is unprecedented. This translates into improved protection of human health, capital assets, water resources, and the environment at reduced costs. The company is a 2014 graduate of the Water Council’s BREW accelerator, winner of the 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards and 2017 WEF Gascoigne Award, host of the 2017 Microbiome Water Summit, and was selected to participate in the 2018 WEFTEC/BlueTech Research Innovation Showcase.

Learn how DNA tech is opening a new window to the microbial world of water at WaterTrust’s Microbiome Water Summit. “The Microbiome conference was very dense and efficient in use of time and the information presented was very engaging. The event is very timely as this is a fast moving area with great potential.” –Paul O’Callaghan, Founder and CEO of BlueTech Research

microbiome water summit