Cristine Carlton December 09, 2013
Stonehouse Water Technologies produces building panels that consist of EPS foam and fiber-reinforced concrete. The panels are used for water storage containers that help to treat water. The company’s president, Hensley Foster, shared his company’s story in this video and explained how Stonehouse is attempting to solve water problems domestically and overseas.
Stonehouse Water Technologies is an innovative solutions-driven company that focuses on creating systems to collect, store, treat and distribute water for a variety of uses both domestically and for developing countries.
Number of Employees
Currently we have two full-time and three part-time employees.
What is Stonehouse Water Technologies’ (SWT) flagship product and where is it in the development process?
Our primary flagship product would be our water storage containers; primarily cisterns. We also provide filters, both sand and hollow fiber membrane, which do not require energy sources to function, making them extremely reliable in remote areas. We design systems to help with storm water management, harvest rainwater for use in community/urban gardens, and have created a modular closed-loop system for growing local food that will foster entrepreneurship and create jobs both domestically and in developing countries.
What is the story behind SWT’s founding?
Concerned about the current and future needs for fresh water access globally, we wanted to be part of the solution. With the world’s population growing, industries requiring more water, and with agriculture demanding 70% of our fresh water needs, we are taxing the only supply of fresh water we are going to have. We wanted to develop products and systems that can be used in areas of low resources. Our focus is to create simple and appropriate technology that works.
Can you describe any recent milestones or goals that SWT has accomplished?
Current milestones include having a cistern/rainwater harvesting system installed at Walnut Way Conservation Corporation in Milwaukee. Badger Meter has provided meters to help record intake and outflow, as this system is being used as an outdoor education lab. Being members of the Water Council in Milwaukee and having our office located in the new Global Water Center is another milestone for us.
What are future milestones or goals for SWT?
Future projects include having a cistern/system installed at the Milwaukee Environmental School located on 65th Street, and a system (cistern/filter) installed at the 27th Street viaduct through the Menomonee Valley Partners. We also have a goal to be working with the city of Milwaukee’s Home Grown program, initiated by Mayor Tom Barrett.
How has Wisconsin provided you with the necessary resources to grow your business?
As stated above, being a member of the Water Council and being tenants at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee have been instrumental in helping us achieve our goals. The support, resources, and contacts that have been made available to us and the other start-up companies is what makes this center so unique. Milwaukee has been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley” of water, and there is a lot of truth in this. We have groups and businesses tour almost daily from all over the globe, all with the same concerns and goals regarding water. The possibilities are enormous and exciting. We are “spoiled” in Wisconsin, living by one of the biggest sources of fresh water. We need to continue to create ways to ensure its quality and quantity for future generations.
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