Future Water Association Awards for the Best in the Water Sector

Posted: Thursday 16th March 2017

On 23rd February 2017, Future Water Association held its annual awards lunch at the historic and apt venue of the Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa. Future Water Association, now in its 30th year, presented awards in four categories; Health and Safety, People, Innovation and its inaugural Ebb & Flow Photography competition.

The lunch was well attended by over 130 people from across the UK who managed to brave storm Doris and the subsequent chaotic UK transport system.

Guest speaker at the lunch Liv Garfield, the CEO of Severn Trent, spoke about dedication of the workforce within the water sector and the importance of innovation, new ideas and collaboration to help overcome the current challenges faced by the UK water industry. Challenges which include delivering a quality service at a reduced cost (current sector spend averages over £5 billion per year) to a growing population, preserving the wonderful water legacy left to us by the Victorians and protecting the network for future generations.

Paul Horton, CEO of Future Water Association, explained the importance of the awards. "People and innovation are the driving force behind today's water industry and these awards have been established to acknowledge both. We are all busy juggling the day to day tasks within our organisations and it can be easy to take excellence and best practice for granted, especially when it comes to Health and Safety and the achievements of our people. Our Water Dragons Awards recognise the ideas and innovations within the sector and provide a platform for businesses to present new products to key decision makers; opening up wider markets and opportunities.

This year to mark our 30-year anniversary we launched our Ebb & Flow photography competition, encouraging people to celebrate the water sector; the successes, the achievements, the technology and the people that all help deliver a valuable resource we sometimes take for granted."

To find out more about Future Water Association, please visit www.futurewaterassociation.com

Award Winners:

Water Dragons:

Winner - Nivus - Cross Correlation Pipe Sensor
Highly Commended - Vikoma - Food Guardian
Highly Commended - Swift Comply - Technology for FOG Collection Services
Audience Winner - Glan Agua - Mixed Liquor Vacuum Degassing (MLVD)

Health & Safety

Winner - Stanton Bonna - Pipe Pusher
Highly Commended - Morrison Utility Services - Lone Worker App
Special Recognition - Clancy Dowcra - Think Safe 2020

Winner - Andy Brierley from Lanes Group
Highly Commended - Kerry Daly from Balfour Beatty

Chairman's Awards - Justin Manley from Clancy Docwra

Photography - Duncan Turner from Water in Action

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