A Growing Network – the Wisconsin-India Aquaponics Connection

The Milwaukee Water Council recently had the pleasure of receiving an update from Shajan John, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Managing Director of Mahattil International, LLC on a very exciting project.

The Growing Networks Wisconsin – Kerala Aquaponics Connection is a collaborative effort, in partnership with the Sweet Water Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mahattil LLC, which seeks to introduce aquaponic farming to communities in Kerala, India. As part of this effort, students from UW-Madison went to Kerala this past June, and worked with counterparts from St. Albert’s College, located in the city of Ernakulum. Together, with support from the organizations, the students designed and constructed an aquaponic lab, the first of its kind in the state of Kerala. The students’ work will culminate in a fully-operational system at St. Albert’s College, and the lab will be integrated into the College’s Aquaculture curriculum. The photo and video links below tell the story of the project.

This is another great example of how the businesses and universities of the Milwaukee region are helping to build the global water generation.

A photo journal by Growing Networks explaining the project:

A one-minute video using time lapse photos of the system build out and mural painting:


About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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