The Water Council
Press Release

Statement Concerning UWM Palestine Protests


By - May 14th, 2024 04:52 pm

For many years, in pursuit of our mission, The Water Council has shared an open dialogue with water-related organizations around the world in the interest of improving water quality and quantity outcomes for all. Today, the Water Council has 15 members based outside the United States. This open dialogue has included Israeli water technology organizations, including Mekorot, Israel Innovation Authority and Ben-Gurion University, in the interest of sharing innovations and discovering new water technologies.

The Water Council disagrees with the characterization that it has recently ended relationships with Mekorot and Israel Innovation Authority as there has been no activity with these organizations since 2019 and they were never members of The Water Council. Additionally, The Water Council has had no formal ties, ongoing projects or financial interests with any company or organization in Israel or the Middle East in recent history.

The Water Council also wants to emphasize it has no position with respect to accusations regarding Mekorot and Israel Innovation Authority. Any insinuation that The Water Council’s inactivity with Mekorot and Israel Innovation Authority pertains to these accusations is false.

We have tried in recent months to correct the media’s misinformed characterization of The Water Council’s “relationships” with Israeli organizations. Most recently, we clearly stated to reporters that we have no ongoing relationships or activities with Israel, and therefore no relationships to terminate, but the media have decided not to include that explanation in their reporting.

The Water Council supports the United Nations’ call for access to water and sanitation as a human right available to all people. We will continue to work toward our mission of solving critical water challenges by driving freshwater technology innovation and advancing water stewardship so that all people can have access to clean, abundant freshwater.

About The Water Council
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 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, Wisconsin, USA. 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. Today, The Water Council has established itself as a global leader in the water industry and one of America’s premier economic development clusters as recognized by government agencies, Brookings and the Harvard Business School.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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