Innovation Awards

The Institute of Water National Innovation Awards 2019, sponsored by Mercer & Marsh

The Institute of Water provides a stage on which to recognise Innovation in the UK water and sewerage sector.

The National Innovation Awards give a much needed spotlight for the many innovative individuals and companies within the water sector to demonstrate their excellence, and are just part of the commitment the Institute of Water is making to promote the right cultural environment and encourage pride in the sector.

Each year, each Area of the Institute holds a regional innovation competition and the finalists from each are short-listed for the National Award. The Award is presented at the President’s Dinner during a prestigious ceremony where water sector experts from across the UK gather together to celebrate innovation in the water sector.

2019 National Innovation Award Winner

The winner of the 2019 National Innovation Award, sponsored by Mercer & Marsh, was Wessex Water for their ‘Sewer Renovation ‘Re-Rounder’ Robotics’ campaign.

This year’s runners-up were OnSite with their entry, No Shut DMA Installations – Infrastructure Specialist Department and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water with SMART Catchments – A novel approach to understanding Cryptosporidium’. 

Congratulations to all!

2018 National Innovation Award Winner

The winner of the 2018 National Innovation Award, sponsored by Veolia, was South West Water with their ‘Love Your Loo’ campaign. This is a customer focused project aimed at changing behaviour at the root cause of sewer blockages and floods. Their approach is an alternative to the short-term solution of sewer cleaning. The campaign incorporated a number of communication strategies which were evaluated to identify the most effective in changing bathroom disposal habits for customers disposing of objects down the toilet which contribute to sewer blockages. This campaign was supported by a team of Customer Liaison Officers in ‘hotspots’ to educate customers. The campaign had already achieved a blockage reduction of up to 47% in postcode areas.

This year’s runners-up were Scottish Water with their Improving High Pressure Water Jetting Safety and Lanes Group plc with their Wellbeing App and Practitioner Programme.

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2017 National Innovation Award Winner

The 2017 National Innovation Award, sponsored by MWH, was won by Dan Green and the Wessex Water team with their entry ‘Innovative Catchment Management Approaches’. This years runners up were Welsh Water’s Catchment Team with their entry ‘Deep Rooted Solutions: Growing Landscape Resilience’.


2016 National Innovation Award Winner

The winner of the 2016 National Innovation Awards sponsored by MWH were South East Water with their entry ‘Use of eDNA – Managing Risk with Forensic Science’. The runners up were Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Northumbrian Water & South Tyneside Council. The awards were presented at our 2016 President’s Dinner and Awards in Birmingham in May.


Previous Winners

2015 – Wessex Water

2014 – Pulsar Process Measurement & DCWW Innovation Team

2013 – Ferret Technology

2012 – Veolia Water Central