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WaterStart RFP – Round 16

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RFP16 is now closed. Thank you to all that applied!

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WaterStart requests proposals from water technology companies to solve immediate demands for innovation by our members. This round is dedicated to solving Water Quality challenges! If you are a company that is ready to prove their ability to scale-up by solving one of the priorities below, please apply!

Drinking-Water Priorities

  • Novel hypolimnetic aeration and oxygenation for improved water quality management.
  • Management and monitoring of disinfection by-products (DBP) and its precursors.
  • Technologies that allow the rapid detection and quantification of metals in water.
  • Technologies for valve indication.
  • On-line E. coli analyzer.
  • Low whole-life cost, low waste, and low carbon solution for nitrate removal in potable water treatment.
  • Immersive Digital Technologies.

Wastewater Priorities

  • Technology to reduce the amount of PFAS in biosolids.
  • Rapid microbiological identification.
  • Automated odor detection and analysis.
  • Raw Sewage Influent Storage Systems and Tanks.

Please note! Supporting technical and business information can be found on CHANNELS. For new users, registration instructions can be found below. 

Summary and Background

WaterStart offers an innovation program for utilities and large consumers dedicated to the implementation of technology that result in more, safer, cheaper water. We are in search of technology providers with novel solutions to specific priorities ready to be proven through large-scale pilots.

If you’re a tech company ready to scale-up by working with globally recognized customers with opportunities to enter new markets by solving imminent challenges in water, please apply!

The priorities listed represent the collective needs of WaterStart members committed to installing innovative water technology solutions. Proposals should address one or more of these specific priorities. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and range from $25,000 to $150,000.

How to Respond to this RFP

Step 1: Setting Up a CHANNELS Account

To view more details related to the above priority descriptions and submit a proposal to this RFP, an account with WaterStart’s online knowledge-sharing platform, Channels for Innovation must be created.  To create an account, follow these steps below:

1. Navigate to
2. In the upper-right corner, you will click on “Become a Member/Login
3. Click “Sign Up” and then select “I Am a Tech Provider”
4. Fill in basic email and company information to create an account

Once the account is created, access to the Channels for Innovation platform will be available. Through this platform, technology companies will be able to see and reply to all RFP’s that WaterStart releases.

Step 2: Submitting a Proposal on CHANNELS

1. Click on “RFPs” and open Round 16
2. Click on “Learn More
3. Click on “Submit RFP
4. Answer the questions and upload any supplemental information. Supplemental information must not exceed 5 pages in length.
5. Click on either “Save Draft” to complete later, or “Submit RFP” to submit your response.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for judging applications will be based on:

1. Degree of technology’s alignment with listed priority
2. Stage of technology readiness
3. Degree of shared risk
4. Degree of implementation risk

This is a unique opportunity for your business to showcase its products and services. Don’t miss out!

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