The Water Council

The Water Council is a global hub dedicated to solving critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and advancing water stewardship.

247 W. Freshwater Way
Suite 500
Milwaukee, WI • 53204
[email protected]
Hours of Operation

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Water Council (TWC) is a global hub dedicated to solving critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and advancing water stewardship. Built on more than a century of water innovation, TWC has coalesced one of the most concentrated and mature water technology clusters in the world from its headquarters at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wis. 

Recognizing the need for smarter and more sustainable use of water worldwide, TWC also promotes water stewardship as a natural complement to water innovation in the effort to preserve freshwater resources in the Midwest and around the world. 

The Water Council harnesses the economic potential of Milwaukee’s water technology hub while addressing the vital task of conserving the world’s precious freshwater. The driving force behind our success is the spirit of collaboration between public and private sectors and a shared commitment to finding innovative solutions to critical global water issues.

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Things You'll Find:

  1. Milwaukee is home to one of the most mature and concentrated water technology clusters in the world, with about 240 water tech companies in the region.
  2. Milwaukee sits on the Great Lakes, home to about 20% of the world's surface freshwater.

Onsite Amenities
& Features

  • ADA Compliant
  • WiFi Available
  • WiFi Available (Complimentary)
  • On-Site Parking
  • Free On-Site Parking
  • Family Friendly


  • Miles to Airport: 6.00
  • Miles to the Convention Center: 1.00

Facility Information

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NotesPlease review the floor plan file for event rental guidelines and rental rates.
DescriptionOpened in 2013, the Global Water Center (GWC) is a 98,000 sq. ft. (9,104 m2) facility located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin housing water-centric research, office and collaboration facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and new, emerging water technology companies. With over 45 tenant organizations, the GWC continues to be a magnet for U.S. and foreign dignitaries, global water technology businesses, economic development organizations and students from all levels. The development of the GWC was an important milestone as it established a highly visible headquarter base for The Water Council and a landing pad for organizations to participate in the leading U.S. water technology hub. The GWC is the cornerstone to Reed Street Yards, a Water Technology Business Park, located across the street. The Yards is a global destination for businesses and one of Wisconsin’s first Eco-Industrial Business Parks, a concept that seeks to balance natural resources and economic development. Once a former brownfield, the Yards is a 17 acre (6.9 hectares) water technology business park for mixed-use urban office, educational, research and technology focused on the international water industry. Visitors to the area can meet and learn about organizations including A.O. Smith, Zurn Industries, Marquette University, Veolia, GRAEF, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Green Infrastructure Center of Excellence and a number of students, startups and researchers from around the world.
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Rooms Available

Room Name ReceptionTheaterBanquetClassroom
Auditorium -44--
Meeusen Confluence Gallery - East Wing --80-
Meeusen Confluence Gallery - Full Gallery 250-120-
Paul & Pat Jones Board Room ---20