2023 Open Innovation Challenge Winners Announced!

September 11, 2023

Cleveland Water Alliance is excited to share a significant milestone in water innovation. On Thursday, September 14th, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm ET, we'll virtually reveal the winners of our 2023 Open Innovation Challenge. This challenge has drawn widespread attention for addressing a pressing issue: the detection of lead service pipes without disruptive excavation methods.

When: Thursday, Sept 14th, 12 - 12:45 pm ET
Where: Virtual via Zoom. Passcode: CWA

Register Here

CWA takes pride in spearheading this initiative, hosting an event recognized for its contributions to the field. The Open Innovation Challenge sought inventive solutions that go beyond traditional digging methods.

The rewards are substantial, including a distribution of $75,000 in grants awarded, along with additional perks for the winners. The urgency arises from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) directive for water utilities nationwide to compile a comprehensive materials inventory of their water service lines by 2024.

The challenge we've undertaken is formidable: finding a way to identify lead service lines without the need for disruptive excavation.

At CWA, we're leading the charge in this endeavor. Our objective is to pinpoint a technology capable of detecting service line materials, such as lead, copper, and galvanized steel, with an accuracy rate exceeding 90%, all while avoiding excavation. View CWA's Open Innovation Request for Technology here.

Our 2023 Open Innovation Challenge extends beyond financial incentives. It provides a global platform for innovators, granting access to grant funding and potential buyers. Participants gain exclusive access to testbeds, enabling them to validate market-driven innovations in partnership with industry leaders.

Established in 2014, Cleveland Water Alliance is a recognized authority in nurturing innovation for the water sector. Our strength lies in a robust testbed infrastructure and distinguished industry expertise, all dedicated to advancing market-driven innovation and sustainable solutions for water-related challenges. Our commitment is underscored by an investment exceeding $500,000 in early-stage innovations.

We invite you to join us for this milestone event and be part of the future of water innovation with CWA. Witness our collective journey as we reshape the water industry. Stay informed about our ongoing efforts in the realm of water innovation.

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