Wessex Water wins the Institute of Water National Innovation Award 2017 - Sponsored by MWH

Posted: Friday 28th July 2017

Wessex Water won this year's Institute of Water National Innovation Award 2017 for their innovation on Innovative Catchment Management Approaches. The award was presented at the Institute of Water's Annual President's Dinner and Awards, held at the spectacular setting of Manchester Cathedral.

The Institute of Water National Innovation Awards, sponsored by MWH, celebrates some of the most innovative individuals and companies from within the UK water and sewerage sector. This year the awards saw six regional finalists from across the UK coming together to demonstrate the industry's creative excellence.

The evening recognised talent from across the water industry in a number of different areas and successfully demonstrated the variety of innovation that these companies and individuals have to offer.

Wessex Water's team lead, Dan Green, said: "Wessex Water are delighted to have won this year's Institute of Water national innovation award for our increasingly diverse catchment management work. It is great that through its awards the IoW champions and recognises innovation - as a theme it will become more and more important for the development of individuals in the water sector and the organisations in which they work."

Wessex Water's innovation looks at improving catchments through smarter permitting and payment for measures to tackle diffuse pollution.

The team are pioneering innovative ways to improve the water environment. Focusing initially on nutrient levels, our catchment-based work has two new elements:

Sir Brian Bender, Chief Executive, Water UK and head of the judging panel, said: "The judges thought that the innovation showed a big partnership approach and was a great example of innovation driving innovation. It is where they thought the sector should go and is just the starting point for this mechanism.

There were some strong entries, but the panel unanimously came to the view that the entry by Wessex Water showed the most innovation, and was the deserved winner."

The Institute of Water would like to congratulate all companies & individuals who entered the 2017 National Innovation Awards and thank sponsors MWH for their support.

WessexWater - Improving catchments through smarter permitting and payment for measures to tackle diffuse pollution

2nd Place
Catchment Team, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water - Deep Rooted Solutions: Growing Landscape Resilience

Other finalists include:
APEM Limited - Misconnections from the air
Concrete Canvas - Concrete Canvas, Concrete Impregnated Fabric
Utility Focus Group, Scottish water - Trailer mounted vacuum excavator (T-VAC for short)
Southern Water Enabling Team - Enabling Team are batty about innovation - using new technology to search for bats

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