The FAST Water Network (Facilities Accelerating Science & Technology) assists those developing and piloting technologies for the water sector. It works to connect researchers, new technology providers, and other innovators in the water resource recovery industry with test facilities appropriate for their needs. It also aims to manage risk and accelerate the adoption of innovation by engaging the broader water community.
The FAST Water Network was developed as a result of recommendations from stakeholder meetings and discussions organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), the Water Environment Federation (WEF).
The FAST Water Network aims to amplify work being done at Test Bed Facilities, by addressing three barriers. The FAST Water Network does not manage these facilities, but serves as a neutral party helping to coordinate their work and efforts to limit redundancy and wasted effort.
Connecting the right partners for testing.
Ensuring applicability of test results beyond a small geographic region, or a highly specific facility layout.
Acceptance of the testing data to generate market demand.
The FAST Water Network Directory helps innovators locate potential facilities for testing new technologies at various scales to help manage risk and accelerate adoption of innovation.
Connect with others in the water industry and collaborate on the implementation of research and technology.
LIFT SEE IT provides scholarships for utility personnel to visit other utilities with innovations of interest in order to share experiences with their peers.
There are numerous funding sources for piloting and demonstrating water innovations, including LIFT. If you are interested in funding opportunities or engaging with the network, please visit our Funding Opportunities page or email our Technology and Innovation Manager, Aaron Fisher.
Test Bed Events
The following workshops provide additional context for the setup and success of the Test Bed Network. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to access the network.