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Water Industry Achievement Awards 2015 finalists announced!

Entries for this year's Water Industry Achievement Awards are in, and the judges have made their difficult decisions. The winners' names, however, are under lock and key, and will remain so until April 21 when all will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Yet, again we were inundated with entries and the quality was outstandingly high, ensuring that our judges had to make some very tough decisions in selecting their winners in each category.

Organised by WET News and Water & Wastewater Treatment, the awards celebrate and reward outstanding innovation in the UK water industry, and are sponsored by water regulator Ofwat and water experts Imtech Water, Waste & EnergyAsset InternationalTESNM GroupCPSASaint-Gobain PAMDoosanSykes Pumps, Selwood, Teekay, and Talis.

The finalists in the running for a coveted WIAA trophy are: 

 Carbon Reduction Initiative of the Year

  • BACTEST for its Shepherd AS Monitoring & Management System
  • H5O and South West Water for the Holbeton Bathing Waters Scheme
  • Kier for the St Eval SPT and Transfer Main project
  • LORImtech, CNG Services and Severn Trent Services for the Minworth Gas-to-Grid project
  • Suprafilt Aeration Experts for the Market Drayton STW upgrade
  • Yorkshire Water for its CO2llaborate campaign

Community Project of the Year

  • ESH Construction and its Skill Mill ex-young offenders scheme
  • Kier Services for its Making Ground initiative
  • Morrison Utility Services and its school safety programme
  • Severn Trent Water for its Low Energy Neighbourhood Project
  • Wessex Water for its Money Matters awards scheme

Customer Satisfaction Initiative of the Year

  • Anglian Water for its Bits and Bobs initiative
  • Northumbrian Water Group for its Project Insight scheme
  • Severn Trent Water and Amey for their Getting To Know The Key Stakeholders initiative
  • Severn Trent Water and NMCNomenca for their Cheltenham Sewerage Strategy
  • Stonbury and Northumbrian Water for their Community Portal online tool
  • Yorkshire Water for its Taking Responsibility for the Water Environment for Good initiative

Data Project of the Year

  • Business Modelling Associates and Yorkshire Water for their Project Crystal scheme
  • Clear Environmental Consultants for its Sewerage Management Planning system
  • eight2O for its pollution incident reduction initiative
  • Severn Trent Water for its online catalogue of standard productised assets
  • South West Water, University of Exeter, EA for the Monitoring Mires on the Moor scheme
  • Yorkshire Water for its Wastewater Compliance Telemetry Enhancement initiative

Engineer of the Year

  • Tom Mann, principal civil engineer, Grontmij's water team
  • Dr Paul Linford, chief technical officer and founder of Syrinix

Most Innovative Use of an Existing Technology

  • APEM and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for Digital Aerial Surveys for Rivers and Aquatic Habitats
  • e5 alliance and Severn Trent Water for the "Bagel" Acid Phase Digester
  • H5O and South West Water for the use of an activated biofilter at Kingsbridge STW
  • Northumbrian Water Group for its sewer level monitoring scheme
  • Orchard Watercare, Atlas Water Harvesting for a gravity fed rainwater harvesting system
  • Perceptive Engineering, United Utilities for the Lost Opportunity KPI Report
  • South West Water, NRW, University of Portsmouth for the Chemcatcher passive sampler

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

  • H5O and South West Water for their Working in a Minefield scheme
  • Kier Services for its Make A Difference initiative
  • Morrison Utility Services for its School Safety campaign
  • Northumbrian Water Group for its CDM Coordinator initiative
  • Thames Water Utilities for up-skilling managers' H&S knowledge and understanding
  • Yorkshire Water for its adoption of a Wellbeing Model

Most Innovative New Technology of the Year

  • ALS Environmental for its Matrix Assisted Laser Disorption and Ionisation by Time of Flight technique
  • Northumbrian Water Group for the Reservoir Control and Bypass Valve
  • NVP Energy for its Low Temperature Anaerobic Digestion technology
  • Propelair for the Propelair toilet system
  • Southern Water for its use of mobile biological treatment tanks
  • Wessex Water, Dynamic Flow Technologies, Elster Water Metering for their wastewater metering technology

Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Water Industry

  • To be announced on the night

Outstanding Innovation 2015

  • To be announced on the night

Partnership Initiative of the Year

  • Efficio and Thames Water for their approach to strategic sourcing
  • H5O and South West Water for the SWW Water Alliance model
  • Scottish Water Infrastructure Growth & Skills Programme
  • STW One Supply Chain for its One Severn Trent collaboration
  • Wessex Water, Bristol Water, Bristol City Council for their initiative to keep Bristol moving
  • WRC plc for its Instrument User Group scheme

People Initiative of the Year

  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and its Talent Search Programme
  • Imtech Water, Waste & Energy for its Be-WELL policy
  • Kier Services for its Functional English programme
  • Northumbrian Water Group for its Our Way... Your Direction initiative
  • Supply UK Water Services for its Calm Network Training scheme
  • Yorkshire Water for its i3 - energISE, revitalISE and specialISE initiative

Sustainable Drainage & Flood Initiative of the Year

  • Acoustic Sensing Technology for the SewerBatt system
  • Northumbrian Water Group for its Surface Water Management Approach

Water Resource Management Initiative of the Year

  • Affinity Water for its Zoo in the Loo project
  • Mott MacDonald Bentley for the Beaver Dyke Reservoir discontinuance project
  • Northumbrian Water Group for the Abberton Reservoir scheme
  • Thames Water Utilities and MGJV for the Aquifer Storage and Recovery trial

A huge congratulations to this year's finalists!

Win or lose, their outstanding achievements are definitely worth celebrating! Join us for a night of networking, innovation and rewarding excellence at the WIAA gala dinner and ceremony. Taking place on April 21 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the black tie event is a must-attend to celebrate the water industry's innovators who are making a difference.

Book your place today, and take advantage of our early booking rate. 

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