Scottish Water's Prof Simon Parsons wins Sustainable Water award
Scottish Water's director of strategic customer service planning, Professor Simon Parsons, is celebrating after winning the Royal Society of Chemistry’s prestigious Sustainable Water Award for 2014. He received the award for advancing the understanding of natural organic matter in water treatment and for the development of treatment processes to improve water quality and sustainability.
Prof Parsons' water chemistry research has involved studying natural organic matter, found in all water sources around the world, and has been critical to prevent the production of compounds that are potentially harmful to health. He has also developed technologies to remove and recover ammonia and phosphorus from wastewater, a valuable mineral used as a fertiliser.
Royal Society of Chemistry selected Prof Parsons “for advancing the understanding of natural organic matter in water treatment and how it affects the performance of oxidation processes and the fate of micro-pollutants, as well as the development of treatment processes to improve water quality and sustainability”.
Prof Parsons, who joined Scottish Water from Cranfield University two years ago as chief scientist, now leads its science, innovation, research and regulation activities.
On winning the award, he said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for the award and even more so to have been successful. Having been a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the best part of 20 years, it’s an organisation I have a great deal of respect for and personal commitment to so this award is a real highlight for me.
“The award also recognises the significant contribution that Scottish Water and Cranfield University have made to both the chemical sciences and water supply."
Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s chief executive, said: "I am delighted for Simon. This award is very well deserved and shows the quality and impact the research undertaken by Simon and his colleagues across the business is having here at Scottish Water."
Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “Each year we present prizes and awards to chemical scientists who have made an outstanding contribution, be that in their area of research, in industry or academia."
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