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History, Mission, Vision


Gwinnett County has a reputation for being proactive, especially when it comes to water. The F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Facility, constructed in the early 2000s, is still considered one of the most advanced water reclamation facilities on the Eastern Seaboard. The leadership on the County Commission and at the Department of Water Resources started talking about creating a water innovation center several years ago. Although it has taken a bit longer than hoped and has gone through iterations, the dream that has become The Water Tower is coming to fruition.

Over the next several years, development of an innovation campus will become reality. Testing and demonstrating new technologies has begun at our active demonstration space. With a focus on digital technologies, which have an enormous amount of potential to positively impact water utility efficiencies, The Water Tower will be able to visually display results from technologies being demonstrated.

The Water Tower, officially launched in 2019 and consisting of a 501c3 (The Water Tower Institute) and 501c4 (The Water Tower at Gwinnett) nonprofit supports applied research, technology innovation, workforce development and public engagement around water to foster positive impacts on Gwinnett County, the region, the Southeast, and beyond.

Our Mission

To be a thriving ecosystem of water innovation fueled by imagination, informed by research, and powered by pioneers. 

Our Vision

To be the go-to organization for all things water innovation and help water and wastewater utilities become more progressive. 

Our Goal

Create a campus and an ecosystem to reimagine the future of water - with the public and private sectors of the water industry - via applied research, technology innovation, workforce development, and community engagement. 

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