Innovation Council

NEWEA and the Northeast Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) merged in January 2020, incorporating NEWIN as the Innovation Council within NEWEA. The Innovation Council now represents the New England Water Cluster, as NEWIN formerly did. WEF, the Steward of the Water Cluster Program, defines a water cluster as the “regional groupings of businesses, government, research institutions, and other organizations focused on innovative technologies for clean water.” NEWEA is the first WEF Member Association to complete a merger with a water innovation association and dedicate a council to water innovation.

This Council is led by Council Director Marianne Langridge and comprised of former NEWEA Innovation Task Force members and NEWIN Board members, as well as others. As the Council grows, more committees will be introduced to further the pursuit of water innovation in New England. Additionally, the Council will expand through partnerships with individuals and companies who join as Water Innovation Partners. To join the committee or learn more, visit our Innovation Committee page.

NEWEA’s Innovation Council is responsible for fostering connections between innovators in public, private, non-profit and academic organizations to bring new solutions to sustain water quality. The council is also responsible for organizing networking and knowledge sharing events that highlight water innovation in New England, such as Pitch Nights and the Innovation Pavilion.

Water Innovation Partnership

Individuals and organizations a variety of customizable opportunities to enroll as a Water Innovation Partner. This partnership allows organizations and individuals to connect with a network of water professionals, including NEWEA’s membership of more than 2,000 water professionals, expand market reach, and bring solutions to market faster. Benefits also include one-year NEWEA/WEF membership(s), complimentary attendance at innovation events, special recognition as a partner in NEWEA print and online publications, and more. Become a partner>>


NEWEA and its Innovation Council annually host the Innovation Pavilion at the Boston Marriott Copley Place during the last week of January. This event, which happens as part of NEWEA’s Annual Conference, features a full-day program of panel discussions, pitches, and exhibits from some of the most promising water innovators in New England. NEWEA’s Innovation Council invites water innovation experts to speak and water innovation companies to exhibit at this event.

Reverse Pitches, which provide water innovators with the opportunity to pitch their technology, gather members of New England’s water industry startup community for water technology pitches and networking. These events are a valuable opportunity to learn more about the water technology and innovations that are being developed by water professionals, entrepreneurs, and academics.

View our event page to learn more about upcoming events and watch recordings of previous events.