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Water Industry Awards 2021 finalists revealed

Today (10 March) WWT has announced the eagerly awaited shortlist for the prestigious 2021 Water Industry Awards.

Now in their 15th year the Water Industry Awards represent a unique opportunity for the water sector to share its outstanding innovations and get the recognition it deserves for its achievements.

“We’ve had a record-breaking number of entries to this year’s awards, which given the personal and professional challenges posed by the pandemic, is a real testament to the sector’s passion for and dedication to its work,” said Angela Himus, WWT publisher.

This year, four exciting new categories were introduced (below) by the WWT team to reflect the changing priorities in the sector and in society at large.  In addition, to capture the huge effect digitalisation is having on the sector, WWT changed the ‘Data Project of the Year’ category to ‘Data Analytics, Cloud and AI project of the Year’.

The new categories are:

  • Woman of the Year
  • Water Retailer
  • Outstanding Contribution to Environment
  • Water Efficiency

While government restrictions apply and face-to-face contact remains limited, the organiser has confirmed that the awards ceremony will again be held online, Thursday 27 May 2021. 

WWT’s first show-stopping virtual awards ceremony in July 2020 was enjoyed by over 500 attendees.  To join this year’s celebrations, register your free place by clicking here.

“Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s awards,” said Himus.  “Our fantastic judges had their work cut out for them, as usual, and we are delighted to announce the finalists.”

The full shortlist is below.


Alliancing and Partnership Initiative of the Year

  • Advance-plus, C2V+, Huber & United Utilities - Delivering efficiencies through productising complex products
  • Anglian Water’s AMP6 Alliance Framework
  • Anglian Water IMDS Alliance: Anglian Water, Kier and Clancy - F1 Process for Smart Meter Installation
  • Anglian Water and Ovarro develop a revolutionary remote leak detection device
  • ESD (Efficient Service Delivery), an alliancing partnership between Scottish Water, MWH Treatment, Black & Veatch, and Galliford Try - Invercannie Water Treatment Works, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
  • Scottish Water - and Our Shared Productivity Journey Continues...
  • SES Water's intelligent network in partnership with Vodafone, Technolog and Royal HaskoningDHV
  • South East Water and AQT Global - Securing success through partnership working
  • Southern Water in partnership with CMDP - East Nitrate Tranche
  • United Utilities, C2V+ and Advance-plus - United Utilities AMP7 Standard Template Designs Programme

Asset Optimisation Initiative of the Year

  • Arup as part of the Welsh Water Capital Delivery Alliance - Asset Virtual Tours
  • Celtic Anglian Water (CAW) - Lean/Six Sigma Principles
  • Irish Water - Complete Plant Optimisation at Ennis North Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Northumbrian Water Group - Site Wastewater Analysis Trailers (SWAT)
  • OxyMem - Process Intensification with OxyMem MABR on Severn Trent Works
  • Severn Trent - Large Diameter Main Asset Health Triage process
  • VEGA Controls - Radar reliability delivers cost savings in pumping stations

Consultancy of the Year             

  • Air Technology
  • APEM
  • Arup
  • Buro Happold
  • Decision Lab
  • Isle Utilities
  • Stantec
  • Wood

Contractor of the Year  

  • Ebsford Environmental
  • Lanes Utilities
  • Morrison Utility Services
  • MWH Treatment
  • Thames Water, Morrison Utility Services and Hydraulic Analysis – IWJS
  • Network Plus

Customer Initiative of the Year 

  • Anglian Water & Aiimi - Check, Report, Book
  • Irish Water - Irish Water Certified Water Stewardship Programme
  • Northumbrian Water Group and KPMG - Customer Experience Transformation
  • United Utilities - Non-Household Vacancy Incentive Scheme
  • United Utilities - Multicultural awareness for customer facing roles

Data Analytics, Cloud and AI Project of the Year

  • Intellitect Water and Southern Water - Real-time Intelligent Water Network Monitoring
  • Thames Water, Morrison Utility Services and Hydraulic Analysis - Digital Twin Modelling - Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Leakage
  • Thames Water, Morrison Utility Services and Eurovia - Augmented Visualisation of Underground Services - X-Ray Utility Works to Make the Invisible Visible
  • Thames Water - WHERE mobile application
  • UnifAI Technology - AI for Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring - Poole Harbour
  • Yorkshire Water Services, Xylem and Stantec - Hadfield Smart Water Network
  • Yorkshire Water and Siemens - Blockage prediction using AI to improve Yorkshire's Rivers
  • Yorkshire Water and Stantec - Digital Transformation for Flood Prevention in Homes
  • Yorkshire Water, Morrison Utility Services & Korec Group - A Geo-Spatial Approach to Real-Time Field Data

Drinking Water Initiative of the Year

  • Coffey Construction - Lough Talt, Co. Sligo, Water Treatment Plant Upgrade
  • Irish Water - Drought Response 2020: Low cost resilient solutions delivered in short time frame to secure water supply
  • Southern Water - Site Operating Manuals
  • Typhon Treatment Systems and United Utilities - The World’s First Municipal UVLED Disinfection System Installation
  • VEGA Controls - Unique Borehole Level Measuring System with Bluetooth Communication and Full WRAS Certification

Health & Safety Initiative of the Year    

  • Agility Alliance (Morrison Utility Services and J. Murphy & Sons) - Contact Health & Monitor Initiative
  • Amey and Oxford Plastics - The 2020 Challenge: Leave no streetworks excavations uncovered overnight
  • Celtic Anglian Water - CAW Life programme - A holistic approach to employee wellbeing, physical and mental health
  • Irish Water - Safety Leadership Conversations (SLC) Program
  • nmcn Providence App and Wellbeing Check
  • Northumbrian Water Group - Covid 60 Second Check Tool
  • Stantec, Thames Water and London Fire Brigade - The London - Fire Flow System

Most Innovative New Technology of the Year   

  • FIDO Tech and United Utilities - FIDO AI
  • Hogen Systems - Off-Grid Drinking Water Solution
  • Industrial Phycology (I-Phyc) - I-Phyc Algal Biological Reactor
  • Mando - The "report a problem" tool
  • nmcn and Power & Water – Soneco
  • Risk Ledger - Risk Ledger third-party risk management network
  • StormHarvester - StormHarvester Intelligent Sewer Suite PoC
  • Thames Water, Morrison Utility Services and Hydraulic Analysis - Digital Twin Modelling - Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Leakage
  • UnifAI Technology - AI for Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring - Poole Harbour

Most Innovative Use of an Existing Technology 

  • Anglian Water, Bristol Water, Severn Trent Water, United Utilities, Cla-Val and Imperial College London - ANsIG: Digital Transformation for the Next Gen Water Supply Networks
  • Bedford Pumps - Fish Friendly Axial Flow Concrete Casing Pumps
  • i2O Water and Artesia - Supply Interruption Detection Service
  • LSBUD and Portsmouth Water
  • Mikk Valve
  • Southern Water and Stantec - Prioritising Sewer Rehabilitation by Optimising CCTV Data
  • Thames Water Utilities and University of Surrey - Dynamic Control Of Anaerobic Digestion For Flexible And Sustainable Electricity Generation
  • Welsh Water - Virtual Water Efficiency Audits
  • Yorkshire Water & Connexin - Smart Water Networks – Using Technology and Data to better Identify and Prevent Leakage and Interruptions to Supply

Net Zero Carbon Initiative of the Year

  • Anglian Water - Anglian Water’s renewables journey: rolling out solar power and energy storage on the path to net zero
  • nmcn - FC500 Fusion Pulse site welfare unit incorporating HogCell
  • WGM Engineering - Dalmarnock Storm Bridges

Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Improvement

  • Affinity Water - Revitalising Chalk Rivers
  • Ebsford Environmental and South West Water - Invasive Species Management
  • Glan Agua - Carlow Sludge Drying Reed Beds Scheme
  • nmcn - FC500 Fusion Pulse site welfare unit incorporating HogCell
  • Northumbrian Water Group - Branch Out
  • Severn Trent - Great Big Nature Boost
  • Water Research Centre - The Water UK Fine to Flush Standard

Rising Star of the Year

  • Gareth Bleach, Site Manager, Glan Agua
  • Lourda Casserly, Operational Planning Lead, Irish Water
  • Kyle Ingram, Business Systems Lead, Morrison Utility Services (Agility Alliance)
  • Elysia Moore, Information Services Degree Apprentice, Anglian Water
  • Dylan O'Toole, Graduate Process Engineer, MWH Treatment
  • Joe Shuttleworth, Water Engineer, Arup
  • Paul Wallis, Integrated Maintenance and Repair (IMR) Delivery Resource Manager, Kier Integrated Services

Skills and Workforce Initiative of the Year

  • Costain in Joint Venture (‘JV’) with VINCI Construction Grands Projects and Bachy Soletanche - East Section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel
  • Isle Utilities - Isle's ‘Programme for Water Professionals’
  • McCrae Training - Water Industry Skills Academy
  • Wessex Water - Talent-on-TAP (Technical Apprenticeship Programmes)
  • Yorkshire Water & Morrison Utility Services - Work With Us

Sustainable Drainage & Flood Management Initiative of the Year

  • Groundwater Dynamics - ECO - 90 Drainage System
  • Sudsplanter - Sudsplanter Rainwater planters
  • The MGSDP - Glasgow City Council, Scottish Water and Scottish Canals - The North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System - Glasgow's Smart Canal

Wastewater Innovation Project of the Year       

  • Anglian Water and Oasthouse Ventures - Creating low-carbon sustainable agriculture through the water recycling process
  • Edincare Pumps - MagnaPro packaged pumping station
  • Interserve/ Wood for Northumbrian Water - Wolsingham Sewage Treatment Works Refurbishment
  • Sanivar Peter Duffy and Yorkshire Water - Agbrigg Bridge Rising Main Refurbishment
  • Severn Trent Water - Magic MABR
  • Severn Trent Water - Busting Blockages
  • United Utilities, Royal HaskoningDHV, C2V+ and Suprafilt - Nereda Package Plant at Westnewton WwTW
  • VEGA Controls - Accurate and reliable radar level measurement from VEGA provides significant cost savings
  • Water Research Centre, SDS, MGJV and Southern Water - The WRcCSO rethinking the CSO for the 21st Century
  • Yorkshire Water and Technolog Group - Network Visibility - Sewer Flooding Prevention

Water Efficiency Project of the Year

  • Aqualogic (WC) - Virtual Water Audits
  • Kelda Technology - Kelda's Air-Powered™ showers improve water efficiency at the London Aquatics Centre
  • Northumbrian Water Group - Every Customer Counts
  • South East Water - Share the sunshine - together let's save it
  • Thames Water - Smarter Water Efficiency
  • Thames Water - Green Redeem
  • Welsh Water - Water Efficiency Virtual Audits

Water Retailer of the Year

  • Business Stream
  • Everflow Water
  • water2business
  • Wave

Women in Water Initiative of the Year

  • Irish Water - The Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Project - Prominent Role of Women within the Project Team
  • Southern Water/ Stantec - PMO Risk Transformation Programme

Woman of the Year

  • Noela Fitton, Head of Strategic Projects, Marketing and Service, Network Plus
  • Anna Hinson, Business Assurance Manager, Lintott Control Systems
  • Kirsty James, Project Delivery Manager Planned Cleaning, Lanes Utilities
  • Joanna Kelsey, Head of UK Water Digital Services, Stantec
  • Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive Officer, Northumbrian Water Group
  • Jane Pilcher, Group Treasurer, Anglian Water
  • Donya Seyadi, Health and Safety Advisor, Lanes Utilities
  • Melissa Tallack, Head of Data and Digital Services, Anglian Water
  • Nicola Teague, Divisional Director, APEM
  • Loraine Thomas, Director of People and Culture, Stonbury

Topic: Customer experience , Drinking water quality , Innovation , Leaks & bursts , Pipes & Pipelines , Policy & Regulation , Pumps & Pumping Systems , Sewer Networks , Skills & workforce , Sustainability & social value , Wastewater quality , Water resources
Tags: Awards , Water Industry Awards

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