Our Core Values

A home to nurture disruptive technologies for sustainable clean water.

The International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW), established in 2018, is an initiative of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Located within the lush IITM Research Park, Chennai; we strive to use innovation and technology to elucidate and investigate all issues related to water. With a team of enterprising water professionals & support of governments, industries, academia, and society, we are working towards ensuring clean and sustainable water for all.

We offer

  • World-class infrastructure spread over an area of 20,000 sq. ft, with six state-of-the-art laboratories, an incubation hub and pilot production facility for research, quality analysis, data analytics, implementation support, capacity building and startup support.
  • Consultancy services in water management, water security mapping and impact measurement for evidence-based policy inputs.
  • Collaboration & open atmosphere with unlimited access to academic, industrial and governmental agencies with a common goal of making India and the world, water secure.

Our aim is to discover solutions to put the Planet before the Nation; the Nation before the Institution; the Institution before the Individual; to use cutting edge technology to facilitate the utilization and preservation of clean water for the future.

ICCW values, and is open to work on, all ideas as even failures lead to new understanding and growth.

The ICCW Story

Water is the essence of life. Water is change. It transforms communities, economies and is vital for development. It is a rejuvenating life source for humans and all other life forms. Water is the world. The International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW) is a realization of these maxims. The Centre manifest a dream of clean water available to everyone, a future where younger generations can build careers on water, working towards water-security. This is a bold vision, one that demands courage, strength and conviction. The vision for the Centre was met with a lot of skepticism and appeared impossible until April 19, 2017, when Professor T Pradeep, the chief architect of the ICCW, met with the renowned business icon and eminent banker, Shri Deepak Parekh.

On January 28, 2018, HT Parekh Foundation granted support to IITM to establish ICCW. Following this, the IITM Board of Governors permitted its creation & the society was registered on June 25, 2018, under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act..

Without the indispensable and path-breaking gift from the HT Parekh Foundation, the ICCW would not exist, or attempt to transform India and the world’s water reality. Subsequently, after intense deliberations the location was narrowed down to the IITM Research Park – an ecosystem where Startups, Corporates and many Centres of Excellence co-exist.

“Much more work is needed to take advanced materials and associated technologies to water and environment in general,” says Pradeep pointing into the future.

ICCW has successfully completed many projects and has more ongoing, working with a range of partners and facilitating the growth of start-ups. Additionally, engaging with students, water professionals and the public at large, to generate awareness and bring the mission to fruition.

With more support and funding, we anticipate a positive impact on the world and the realm of water.