Channels for Water Innovation

CHANNELS is steadily increasing water industry resiliency and capacity to address climate change and other pressing water resource challenges through innovation. It’s believed Henry Ford said ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” This quote is a swift reminder that if the willingness and opportunity to innovate exists, so can actual solutions!

CHANNELS was founded by the WaterStart community to further advance viable technology solutions through philanthropic and impact investment. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, CHANNELS is a 501(c)(3) (EIN 82-1061688) with the mission of evaluating, educating, and promoting water innovation. WaterStart’s vision for CHANNELS is to bring together public water agencies, large private water users, government, and philanthropists to share risk and reward in deploying innovative water technology across systems serving 100 million people globally.

Join Us!

If you are a solution adopter seeking to be a part of our collaborative community of water system managers, consider joining us! Submit your contact information and we’ll be in touch to discuss the membership package that suits your organization’s needs. Learn more.

Support Us!

If you would like to help in deploying scalable solutions to the global climate crisis, please consider supporting us. We are always seeking new partners to help advance our mission! Learn more.


If you’d like to contribute to our efforts, please consider a donation. 100% of your donations support our programs! Donate.


CHANNELS lowers the risk and costs associated with piloting technologies, while specifically targeting challenges in delivering more, safer, and cheaper water.  Our demand driven model is structured around innovation priorities. Collectively, the WaterStart community have identified over 100 priorities for which they are seeking solutions. Priorities have been identified in the following categories:

  • Drinking Water
  • Wastewater
  • Agriculture
  • Smart Water Networks
  • Water Recycling
  • Commercial
  • Mining

Click below for a complete list of priorities.


Our Programs

CHANNELS helps water system managers deploy scalable solutions to the global climate crisis by:

  • Co-funding pilots with WaterStart members
  • Independently compiling results of pilot outcomes
  • Publishing and promoting pilot results throughout the water industry
  • Coaching technology companies on lessons learned as it relates to growth strategies
  • Educating small and underserved utilities on innovative solutions