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Gradiant awarded “Water Company of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence


Gradiant Awarded for “Water Company of the Year” Distinction and “Water Technology Idol” Winner by Global Water Intelligence

Originally published on, April 17, 2024

The “Water Company of the Year” distinction was awarded to Gradiant on April 16th by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) at the prestigious Global Water Awards, held in conjunction with GWI’s Global Water Summit 2024. Gradiant’s H+E was also recognized as the winner of “Water Technology Idol” for the AquaCritox super-critical water oxidation (SCWO) PFAS destruction technology.

The “Water Company of the Year” award recognizes the water company that has made the most significant contributions to the development of the international water sector. Gradiant received the Distinction award for its strategic growth and technology advancements that significantly expanded its global footprint and operational capacity. The company achieved a landmark valuation of $1 billion, becoming the first unicorn in the water industry.

In the award, GWI said “The company’s obsession with maximizing its impact has seen it apply a portfolio of technologies to optimize the lithium production process. It is also piloting a destructive oxidation technique for PFAS elimination, while the acquisition of H+E’s supercritical water oxidation technology gives it capabilities in PFAS removal. It all adds up to a uniquely different kind of water company.

The Global Water Awards also recognized Gradiant’s H+E as the winner of “Water Technology Idol” for the company whose technology could change the future of the water market. H+E’s AquaCritox SCWO technology completely destroys organic wastes into clean water through an oxidation reaction within seconds. The technology’s greatest impact is in PFAS destruction applications for industrial wastewater.

Established in 2006 by GWI, the Global Water Awards recognize the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories, and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

About Gradiant
Gradiant is a Different Kind of Water Company. With a full suite of differentiated and proprietary end-to-end solutions for advanced water and wastewater treatment, powered by the top minds in water, the company serves its clients’ mission-critical operations in the world’s essential industries, including semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, lithium and critical minerals, and renewable energy. Gradiant’s innovative solutions reduce water used and wastewater discharged, reclaim valuable resources, and renew wastewater into freshwater. The Boston-headquartered company was founded at MIT and has over 1,000 employees worldwide. Learn more at

About WAVE Equity Partners
WAVE Equity Partners (WAVE) is an independent sustainability-focused American investment firm. We seek to partner with early-growth companies whose proven clean technologies drive meaningful bottom-line impact and environmental benefits for large industrial manufacturers. Our industry knowledge and dedication to true partnership allow us to work effectively with leaders whose innovative solutions are commercially accepted, deliver immediate impact and are poised to scale.

For more information please visit our website or by following the company on LinkedIn or Twitter/X.


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