Future Water Association challenges the Government to be more radical in encouraging innovation into water sector

Posted: Monday 25th February 2019

Responding to the recent HM Treasury Consultation on Encouraging Innovation into Regulated Utilities, Future Water Association argues the following points need to be considered:

  • Definition of innovation can be strengthened by recognising and encouraging the application of technologies between sectors and having greater ambition to be creative
  • It is important to support more flexible procurement systems and alliances; a good example of a new model is Project 13 (www.p13.org.uk)
  • Trial data for new products, services, should be made public for all the Utilities to review, thereby reducing the number of trials required for single products and solutions
  • Bring focus at the regulatory level to areas where there is a need for new thinking and creativity, such as leakage, network management etc
  • Supporting the introduction of systems thinking to drive current and future planning, and for use by water companies in the development of ODI’s
  • There should be an annual process that looks at innovation and challenges the Utilities against a set of metrics

Commenting on the future for the sector, Alastair Moseley, Board Director and Chair of the Future Water Association Innovation hub said:

“Critical to the success of increasing innovation in the water sector is to have plans and processes as part of a dynamic system that encourages creativity. It’s important to think differently, constantly challenge existing ideas and be agile in nature and approach. Sharing best practice using ‘innovation scouting’ methods and applying systems thinking are also essential elements. The Future Water Association is at the heart of this thinking and is driving the agenda on behalf of the water supply chain with both Government and the Regulators."

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