Institute of Water Welsh Area Innovation Awards 2021

The last 12 months has certainly been a period where we have all had to adapt, evolve, and innovate and this is evidenced in the sheer breadth, originality and outstanding quality of this year`s Welsh area Innovation Awards.

A huge thank you from the area committee to all the applicants, winners, judges and our sponsor Pump Supplies, who have made it possible to continue celebrating and showcasing innovation within the Welsh Area.

We are delighted to announce the 2021 Welsh Area Innovation Award Winners!




  • Ideas Category:
    • Winner: ​Virtual Water Efficiency Audits – David Gough ​
    • Runner Up: ​Noisy pumps cost money – DCWW Water Services Innovation Team
  • Clever Data Category:
    • Winner: CCTV Artificial Intelligence Solution – Liam Butler, DCWW Data Science Team in collaboration with ITS, Wastewater Networks & Wastewater Research & Innovation Team​
    • Runner Up: High Level Model Audit Automation – DCWW Wastewater Hydraulic Modelling Team
  • Collaborative Working Category:
    • Winner: Wastewater-Based Community-Level Surveillance of COVID-19 in Wales -​ Bangor University, Cardiff University and DCWW​
    • ​Runner Up: Water Network Camera Survey Developments​ – API, PIPA & AVK​ and DCWW Zonal Studies Team, Water Network Alliance & Innovation Team
  • Market Adaptation Category:
    • Winner:  MALDI-TOF Confirmatory Analysis – DCWW Glaslyn Laboratory, Quality Policy and Compliance team
    • Runner Up: Vega Radar Instrument for level measurement ​- Vega, Hornbill & DCWW​
  • President`s Award:
    • Winner: MOVA (Manual Handling Load Measurement & Risk Reduction Clever Data Tool)​ – MOVA Data Team
    • Runner Up: Water Network Camera Survey Developments – API, PIPA & AVK and​ DCWW Zonal Studies Team, Water Network Alliance & Innovation Team


The Overall Winner who will be invited to represent the Welsh Area at the 2021 National Institute of Water Presidents Dinner is Wastewater-Based Community-Level Surveillance of COVID-19 in Wales – Bangor University, Cardiff University and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

The partnership successfully established the first UK national-scale wastewater-based epidemiology network for the monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in the general population of Wales. The project has monitored the changing state of the pandemic in Wales, supported and informed public health policy decisions and built national capacity for future pandemic preparedness. It has strengthened the existing ties between the partner organisations and highlighted the important role the wastewater industry plays in national public health.


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