Supporting Water Technology
Businesses & Researchers in Oregon
Oregon Water Tech Innovators (OWTI)
OWTI is a non-profit group formed to advance Oregon’s position as a leader in the water technology sector. It
includes representatives from private businesses, government, academia, trade associations, and economic development.
Taking a "One Water" Approach
OWTI's efforts encompass all aspects of the water cycle – as many technologies have cross-over applications,
and companies and researchers working in differing parts of the water sector have much that they can learn from each
other. Our “one water” umbrella covers diverse areas such as water supply, treatment, end-use (household, commercial,
industrial, agricultural, recreational), wastewater, re-use, and stormwater management – accompanied by the full
range of physical and information-based technologies and management practices.
OWTI has four inter-related objectives:
• Support companies working in the water sector by providing opportunities for learning, networking,
collaboration, and business development.
• Support the economic success of the sector through initiatives that will increase competitiveness
and business growth, such as trade missions, export programs, and advocacy.
• Support water technology industry research and development efforts through coordination and enhanced access to Oregon's academic institutions and funding opportunities.
• Support the commercialization of new technologies by connecting researchers with companies and
end users – assuring that researchers are addressing market needs, and paving the way for the
testing and adoption of new technologies by the marketplace.
Participation in OWTI is free and open to all interested parties, including those involved in research, product development and sales, application engineering and consulting, support services, policy, and economic development. The group is connected through an email Listserv and holds quarterly in-person gatherings. Specific initiatives are addressed by ad hoc committees.
Add Your Name to the Listserv
Oregon Water Tech Innovators is hosted by Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC), in partnership with Oregon BEST, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Business Oregon, and the Portland Development Commission. A steering committee
shapes our work.
OWTI is recognized as an
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Water Technology Cluster