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AGWA Expertise

AGWA, based in Akron, Ohio USA, owns and controls our own water and wastewater systems. Together with significant water scientific and engineering expertise in our institutions and water systems personnel, the City of Akron’s Service and Economic Development Departments, the Akron Global Business Accelerator, The University of Akron and a unique set of advisors and partners engaged every day with water organizations and companies throughout the world, AGWA provides a formidable range of scientific, technical, engineering, municipal and business development expertise.


Perfect Size and Place

Sized just right to respond to opportunities, Akron is one of Ohio's largest cities with almost 550,000 people in the metro area. It’s also located in Northeast Ohio near the Great Lakes – the largest natural supply of freshwater in the world – and very accessible to more than half the U.S. population, being within a 500-mile radius of 42 major U.S. cities.


Less Red Tape

Akron's unique collaboration of public and private entities effectively streamlines the innovation process to give AGWA – and you – a competitive edge. The City’s powerful alliance is made up of city and county leaders, research and clinical institutions, educational facilities and commercial enterprises that know how to leverage our assets for the greatest impact in your success.


A Global Hub of Innovation

The City of Akron has earned a reputation as a hub of innovation by providing opportunities and support for a wide range of foreign and domestic high-tech companies seeking to develop new technologies. As a partner, the City provides:

  • Connection to research, funding and commercialization resources
  • Access to Northeast Ohio’s 4-million-plus population base for technology testing
  • Easy-access location for pilot testing
  • Technically advanced water system with data management, event response and security tools
  • A proven record of success with international and domestic companies

AGWA leverages the local assets of the Akron Water Reclamation Services and Akron Water Supply, in addition to global resources, to provide an ideal environment for successful water initiatives.