Canadian Water Network (Canada)
The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is a national nonprofit organization that is driving Canada’s progress on water challenges. CWN connects researchers with water managers from both industry and government, to collectively identify and address shared needs.
The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is a national nonprofit organization that is driving Canada’s progress on water challenges. CWN connects researchers with water managers from both industry and government, to collectively identify and address shared needs. Areas of focus include protecting public health, ensuring that Canada has sustainable water infrastructure, and protecting Canada’s watersheds and ecosystems. CWN’s consortium approach to research encourages collaboration across disciplines and ensures that the right combinations of knowledge yield tangible results. The network’s expertise is increasingly sought to inform water policy as well as improve water management and stewardship across municipal and provincial boundaries. CWN initiatives currently engage more than 100 researchers and 200 students across 37 Canadian universities and connect them with more than 100 partners from industry, government and non-governmental organizations. For more information go to their website: https://cwn-rce.ca/
KWR is an independent water research institute covering the whole of the water cycle. It was formed in 2008 by expansion from Kiwa Water Research which had specialised in the field of drinking water. Building on a solid foundation from over 60 years of research and development for the Dutch drinking water sector companies, KWR is now applying this knowledge base and research capability more broadly to serve all partners in the watercycle. KWR’s worldwide activities and high-quality research are aimed at scientific knowledge that is practically applicable, to allow the building of bridges between science, business and society. For more information go to their website: https://www.kwrwater.nl/en/
PUB is the national water agency and it manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and sewerage in an integrated way. PUB is responsible for managing the whole water cycle, from sourcing to the collection, purification and supply of drinking water, to the treatment of used water and its reclamation into NEWater, as well as the drainage of stormwater. Leveraging on technology, PUB has put in place a reliable water supply system known as the Four National Taps. Water reclamation (or NEWater) and desalination make up two of the four water sources, besides water from local catchments and imported water. To ensure the sustainability of Singapore’s water supply, PUB continuously invests in R & D to find new sources of water and to produce and treat water cost-efficiently. For more information go to their website: https://www.pub.gov.sg/
STOWA (Acronym for Foundation for Applied Water Research) is the centre of expertise of the regional water managers (the Dutch Water Authorities). Its mission is to develop, collect, distribute and implement applied knowledge, essential for an effective and efficient water management. Topics of expertise range from applied technical, scientific to administrative-legal, health and social science.
The bodies which contribute to the STOWA include water boards, provinces and the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. Central coordination and planning of research through STOWA has permitted more cost-effective and strategic long term research planning, and enhanced involvement and communication between water managers from different agencies. For more information go to their website: https://www.stowa.nl/english
The Paris-based International Water and Environmental Research Centre (CIRSEE) specializes in the production of drinking water, water distribution networks, the treatment and reuse of waste water, waste recycling, the management of health and environmental risks and, finally, data analysis.
The multidisciplinary research program focuses on new water treatment processes, understanding factors affecting water quality, and improving real-time system management. CIRSEE also provides analytical services and consultancy, emergency assistance for dealing with pollution events, and technical advice on water and wastewater treatment. Both research and consultancy activities have a strong international involvement. For more information go to their website: https://www.suez.com/en/about-us/innovation-approach/our-research-and-expertise-centres
At TZW: DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser (German Water Centre) water is the focus of all activities. The sustainable protection of water resources and innovative solutions for drinking water supply and wastewater disposal are core elements. In cooperation with leading international water research institutes, TZW considers itself as a driving force in the development of sustainable concepts for the future of water supply. Our expertise is based on the results of almost 50 research projects annually that are funded by national or international funding bodies and agencies.
The mission of TZW is transferring scientific knowledge to the water industry. TZW fulfils this mission by carrying out applied research for the drinking water community and by direct cooperation with the waterworks. TZW’s comprehensive research activities and practical experience form the basis of solutions and concepts for all areas of national and international water management issues. These range from resource protection to water catchment and treatment to the water supplying consumers’ taps. For more information go to their website: https://tzw.de/en/about-tzw/profile
UKWIR facilitates and manages collaborative research for water and sewage companies in the United Kingdom. Its research programme aims to generate sound science as the basis for sound regulation and sound practice.
UKWIR was set up by the UK water industry in 1993 to provide a framework for the procurement of a common research programme for UK water operators on ‘one voice’ issues. The research contracted by UKWIR is often carried out in collaboration with government departments and regulators, and covers all aspects of the water cycle, and a range of related environmental and regulatory issues. For more information go to their website: https://ukwir.org/leading-the-water-industry-research-agenda-1
The water activities of Veolia comprises the operation of urban and industrial water and wastewater plants but also the supply of engineering and technological solutions. Veolias research portfolio of water related projects is based on an international network and numerous collaborations and includes resource management tools, water treatment technologies, drinking water quality in distribution network and asset management, wastewater collection networks management, emerging parameter management to take care of environmental and health risks, global environmental approaches, and sustainable urban development. For more information go to their website: https://www.veolia.com/en
Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA) is a not for profit company focusing on initiating, facilitating and managing collaborative research of national application in priority water issues for the Australian water industry and the community.
WaterRA marks the successful transition from the federally funded CRC for Water Quality and Treatment, to a company that is owned and funded by its members, including Australian water utilities, research organisations, government departments and private companies. WaterRA brings together key water research groups and industry members across Australia to conduct targeted, priority research. These relationships place WaterRA in a unique position to draw on the expertise and experience of its membership community to rapidly address current and emerging issues in water. For more information go to their website: https://www.waterra.com.au/
The Water Research Commission aims to contribute effectively to the best possible quality of life for the people of South Africa, by promoting water research and the application of research findings.
This is accomplished by promoting coordination, communication and cooperation in the field of water research; establishing water research needs and priorities; funding research on a priority basis; and promoting the effective transfer of information and technology. Since its formation in 1971, WRC has been successful in promoting a significant expansion and upgrading of expertise in the South African water industry. For more information go to their website: https://www.wrc.org.za/
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems—all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public. WRF was formed in 2018 through the integration of three highly respected research collaboratives: WateReuse Research Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, and Water Research Foundation. Separately, these organizations focused on research to support varied segments of the water sector—water reuse, wastewater and stormwater, and drinking water, respectively. For more information go to their website: https://www.waterrf.org/
The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) is the peak industry body representing the urban water industry in Australia. Their members provide water and sewerage services to over 24 million customers in Australia and New Zealand and many of Australia’s largest industrial and commercial enterprises.
WSAA’s primary goals are to facilitate cooperation to improve the water industry’s productivity and performance, and to ensure that the regulatory environment adequately serves the interest of the community. Major areas of activity include identification of priority issues for the water industry, appropriate research and policy response, strategic contribution to industry regulation, and development of industry codes. For more information go to their website: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/