The Institute of Water are delighted to announce the finalists for their National Innovation Award 2018.

Each year the Institute of Water’s National Innovation Awards celebrates some of the most innovative individuals and companies from within the UK water and sewerage sector and highlights the leading role the Institute plays in developing talent and cultivating innovation across the sector.

The National Award is the culmination of the regional Innovation Awards, led by each of the Institute of Water’s Area Committees, where the winner from their region is put forward to the National Innovation Award.

The deserving finalists and their innovations are:

  • Scottish Water Sewer Response Team – Improving High Pressure Water Jetting Safety
  • Yorkshire Water – Retrofit Splash Guards for Secondary Chlorination Units
  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – Mobile Working Vehicle Fit
  • Lanes Group plc – Wellbeing App and Practitioner Programme
  • South West Water – Love Your Loo Campaign
  • Disruptive Technologies AS – Sensor Solution

A judging panel of water sector experts will assess the applications and jointly select an overall winner. On the panel are: Nicci Russell, Managing Director of Waterwise, Trevor Bishop, Director at Ofwat, Professor Tom Stephenson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at Cranfield University and Mark Wilson, Director, Northern Region at Veolia Water. Chairing the panel is Sir Brian Bender, independent Chair of Water UK.

The overall winner will be announced at the Institute of Water’s President’s Dinner and Awards which will take place at the prestigious setting of Glasgow City Chambers on the 21st June. The Dinner will be hosted by the incoming President of the Institute of Water and Chief Executive of Scottish Water, Douglas Millican.

Mark Wilson, Director, Northern Region – Veolia Water, who is also on the judging panel, said:
“Innovation is central to how we drive Veolia Water forward and to sponsor the Institute of Water’s Innovation Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate our commitment to supporting and recognising innovation across the water sector and to ultimately improve the service we all provide to the customer.”

The National Innovation Award is a spotlight for the many innovative individuals and companies within the water sector who are demonstrating excellence through innovation and is part of the commitment the Institute of Water is making to promote the right cultural environment and encourage pride in the sector.

The award will be presented alongside the Institute’s other awards such as the Allen Bolton Award, President’s Cup, annual CPD Award plus special awards from WaterAid, Energy and Utility Skills and the Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry (CABWI).

The President’s Dinner and Awards is part of the Institute of Water’s National Conference which will take place on the 21st-22nd June at Glasgow Caledonian University. Titled ‘Shaping the Future’, water sector experts from across the UK will come together at the conference to discuss and share their views on topics including the circular economy, water and the environment, and a digital future, considering how we can respond to the growing expectations of our customers, communities and stakeholders.