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• Eligibility:

The Water Industry Achievement Awards are open to companies of ALL sizes. The initiative, project and/or campaign should either be ongoing or have been completed during 2017

• What to include:

The judges will want to know how your initiative, product, technology or management approach made a difference, so please outline the challenge at the outset, before explaining how the project has improved the situation. Please note that supporting material will only be called upon where necessary and may not be viewed by the judges. Please make your case within the entry form.

• Word count: Please note that your entry should be no more than 1,000 words.


Entries for the Water Industry Awards 2018 have now closed. Register your interest for 2019  here or book your table.


Customer Service Initiative of the Year

 This category is for breakthroughs in customer satisfaction.  In other words, what water companies, contractors or sub-contractors are doing to delight their customers – above and beyond their statutory requirements, and capital investment programmes. It is about the action taken and being prepared to go the extra mile to ensure customers receive the service they expect.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Data Project of the Year

The emergence of ‘big data’ presents significant challenges and opportunities to the water industry. Water companies need effective systems that make the right information available to the right people at the right time. Working closely with IT, technology and communications companies and through human resource training, water companies can make rapid improvements to their efficiency and cost base by strategic use of data. Best practice will be recognised for data projects and technologies that produce efficiency gains, customer benefit, safer working, cost reductions, more sustainable outcomes.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.


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Drainage & Flood Prevention Initiative of the Year

 Severe flooding is becoming a common occurrence with the UK’s conventional drainage system unable to cope with sudden and torrential downpours. This category will reward cutting edge approaches to drainage and flood management. The judges will look for evidence of solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and sustainable, and that have achieved results for customers, the environment and the community.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Energy & Carbon Initiative of the Year

 This award recognises those companies whose initiatives have made a real and measurable impact in making the industry more environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is open to water companies, contractors and supply chain companies for projects or initiatives which demonstrate breakthroughs in reducing energy use, reducing reliance on fossil fuels or reducing carbon footprint.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Alliancing and Partnership Initiative of the Year

At all stages of the supply chain, the industry is pioneering effective partnerships between water companies, contractors and sub-contractors. Working closely through partnerships can produce major improvements in efficiency, customer service and overall performance. Best practice will be recognised for partnerships that produce efficiency gains, safer work sites, clearer tendering and products supply, and more effective buying solutions.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Engineering Project of the Year

Solving engineering challenges is often at the core of the water industry’s work. This award recognises the water or wastewater project that best demonstrates how technical skills, teamwork and innovative thinking have combined in a solution to a problem that has resulted in lasting benefits to service provision, customers or the environment.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Most Innovative Use of an Existing Technology

Innovation Innovation has never been higher on the water industry's agenda than it is now, and the sector needs to become adept at finding the right technology to suit an application. This category rewards the most innovative application of an existing product / technology that was commercially available before January 2017.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept
Please describe the product / technology, its purpose and the circumstances that gave rise to its development. Please Indicate how long the technology has been in commercial operation or, if it is yet to be launched commercially, how long the prototype has been in operation. (250 words) 

2) Innovation
Explain the innovation behind the technology. What makes it stand out from other products in the marketplace that are designed for similar applications? (250 words)

3) Benefits
Outline the results achieved by the technology and how these benefit the end user, quantifying these where possible. (250 words box)

4) Potential
What is the potential for adopting this product / technology across the water sector and elsewhere? How could it positively impact the industry in the future? (250 words box) 

5) Logo and additional information 
Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Most Innovative New Technology of the Year

 Product and process innovation is vital if the water industry is to achieve higher levels of customer service, better value for money and meet more stringent environmental standards. This award is for a product or technology that is truly groundbreaking, and has made its mark in the industry for the first time in 2017.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept
Please describe the product / technology, its purpose and the circumstances that gave rise to its development. Please Indicate how long the technology has been in commercial operation or, if it is yet to be launched commercially, how long the prototype has been in operation. (250 words)

2) Innovation
Explain the innovation behind the technology. What makes it stand out from other products in the marketplace that are designed for similar applications? (250 words)

3) Benefits

4) Potential
What is the potential for adopting this product / technology across the water sector and elsewhere? How could it positively impact the industry in the future? (250 words box)

5) Logo and additional information 
Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

People Initiative of the Year

Finding and holding on to good staff is essential in any sector, and the water industry is not alone in experiencing the problems created by skills shortages. This award seeks out examples of successful, innovative recruitment, training and staff retention initiatives that all parts of the industry can learn from.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

 This award recognises exceptional commitment to all-round health and safety by a company or organisation within the industry. Entrants must demonstrate an innovative, robust and high-quality safety management system and evidence of health and safety performance that goes beyond statutory requirements.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Sludge & Resource Recovery of the Year

 Wastewater is increasingly coming to be seen as a potential resource rather than a problem to be disposed of, a trend reflected in current regulatory changes surrounding sewage sludge. This award recognises a project or initiative which has demonstrated forward thinking, innovation and genuine progress in recovering value from wastewater.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Concept : Please provide a brief outline of the initiative, how it originated, and its objectives. (Word limit: 250) 

2) Delivery: Please explain who the key players in the initiative were and how they worked together to deliver its success. (Word limit: 250)

3) Innovation: Please explain the innovation behind this initiative. How does it go beyond existing best practice? What makes it stand out from other initiatives in the industry? (Word limit: 250)

4) Benefits: What measurable benefits have been achieved? (Word limit: 250)

5) Logo and additional information: Please use this option to provide any supporting documentation or images. Please note that we cannot guarantee this information will be viewed by the judges in full. Please provide multiple files as a ZIP file.

This category is now closed

Water Resilience Initiative of the Year

 

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Water Company of the Year

 Water companies not only have a primary duty to serve their customers well today, but are also asked to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow through innovative practices, and through building resilience and sustainability. This award will recognise the water company which can best demonstrate a combination of customer service, agenda-setting innovation, operational resilience and workforce best practice through its work in 2017.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1. Customer Service 

Please describe how and to what extent the water company has improved its service to customers during 2017, providing figures and evidence where possible. (Word limit: 250)

2. Innovation 

Please provide evidence of how the company is innovating and leading the industry in new techniques or practices. (Word limit: 250)

3. Resilience 

Please provide evidence of how the company is seeking to improve the long-term resilience of its operations and prepare for risks and challenges in the future. (Word limit: 250)

4. People 

Please explain in what ways the company is investing in its people, improving their skills, safety and well being for the long term. (Word limit: 250)

This category is now closed

Water Industry Contractor of the Year

The water industry relies on its contractors and supply chain partners to drive forward best practice in construction, innovative techniques and sustainability, while maintaining high health and safety and employment standards. This award will recognise the contractor which can best demonstrate a combination of commercial success, agenda-setting innovation, environmental stewardship and workforce best practice through its work in 2017.

To enter this category you will need to prepare the following:

1) Commercial success: Please describe the extent of growth and financial success the company has achieved in the water industry during 2017, providing figures where possible. (250 words)

2) Innovation: Please provide evidence of how the company is innovating and leading the industry in new techniques or practices. (250 words)

3) Sustainability: Please provide evidence of how the company is working to reduce the impact of its work on the environment and make the most efficient use of resources. (250 words)

4) People: Please explain in what ways the company is investing in its people, improving their skills, safety and well being for the long term. (250 words)


This category is now closed

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