Water & Wastewater Treatment

WIAA 2015

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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3 ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê REVIEW G ood food, great entertainment, the awards ceremony, and charity casino were the order of the night at this year's Water Industry Achievement Awards (WIAA), which took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole at the NEC, Birmingham on April 21. More than 500 guests attended the prestigious event, organised by WET News and WWT, to recognise, reward and celebrate the innovative achievements of the award winners and finalists. The evening started with a drinks reception and with the event having a circus theme, guests were wowed by jugglers, ringmasters on stilts, a clockwork ballerina and a magician mingling among them. As guests settled at their tables, more jugglers took to the stage before WET News editor Maureen Gaines and WWT editor James Brockett got proceedings underway by outlining what was in store for the evening and to remind guests that they should be congratulated for having made it this far in the awards selection process. More circus acts – a contortionist and two moustachioed strong men in lycra – performed during dinner and then the awards got underway in earnest. But not before the audience felt the heat of the Fire Jugglers. Comedian and awards host Hal Cruttenden had the audience in stitches as he noted the irony should something have gone wrong during that act and the Hilton had burnt down during an event celebrating the achievements of the water industry! Finally, it was time for the awards for the awards to start with the first winner of the night being Morrison Utility Services, whose School Safety Campaign earned it the Selwood-sponsored Health & Safety Initiative of the Year trophy. Next on the agenda was the Sykes- sponsored Engineer of the Year. The winner of this category was Syrinix chief technical officer and founder Dr Paul Linford, who has impressed with his innovative thinking. Partnership Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Imtech Water, Waste and Energy, went to Wessex Water, Bristol Water and Bristol City Council for Keeping Bristol Moving; while the Community Project of the Year was awarded to ESH Construction and its Skill Mill ex-young offenders scheme. Kier's Functional English Programme earned it the People Initiative of the Year award, sponsored by Saint- Gobain PAM UK and TES NI. Next came Most Innovative New Technology of the Year, sponsored by NM Group, and which went to NVP Energy. The Asset International- sponsored Carbon Reduction Initiative of the Year went to the Minworth Gas-to-Grid Team, namely LORImtech, CNG Services and Severn Trent Services; while Bactest and its Shepherd system gained Highly Commended. South West Water, the University of Exeter and the Environment Agency took the Data Project of the Year with their Monitoring Mires initiative. Next up was Customer Satisfaction Initiative of the Year, sponsored by ALcontrol, which was won by Anglian Water for its Bits and Bobs initiative. Perceptive Engineering and United Utilities' Lost Opportunity KPI Report earned them the Teekay Couplings-sponsored Most Innovative WIAA: Oh, what a night Use of an Existing Technology award; and the CPSA- sponsored Sustainable Drainage and Flood Risk Management Initiative of the Year was awarded to Northumbrian Water Group and its approach to Surface Water Management. Water Resource Management Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Talis, went to Affinity Water and Save Water Save Money and the Zoo in the Loo project. A standing ovation was in store for Water UK chief executive Pamela Taylor as her foresight in championing the needs of the water and sewerage companies saw her walk away with the Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Water Industry, sponsored by Doosan Enpure. Then it was time for the final award of the evening, which went to LORImtech, CNG Services and Severn Trent Services and the Minworth Gas-to- Grid project as they were crowned outright winner of the Ofwat-sponsored Outstanding Innovation 2014. The awards event has always supported WaterAid, and after the awards ceremony guests took to the casino tables once again to raise money for the charity, which was supported by H50. Finally, we would like to thank our award sponsors – NM Group, CPSA, Asset International, Ofwat, Imtech Water, Waste & Energy, Doosan Enpure, TES, Teekay Couplings, Saint-Gobain PAM UK, Sykes Pumps, Selwood, Talis, and ALcontrol Laboratories Thank you too, to our decision makers – Paul Horton, SBWWI; Andrew Sims, EU Skills; Chris Hoggart, Water Management Working Group, EIC; Phill Mills, Policy Consulting Network; Karen Clode, Isle Utilities; Prof Elise Cartmell, Cranfield; Karen Wright, WRc plc; and Steve Kaye, Anglian Water – who had the very difficult task of selecting the winners. ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê ê CONTENTS Water Resource Management Initiative .............................. 5 Health & Safety Initiative ...... 5 Partnership Initiative... ......... 6 People Initiative ................... 6 Existing Technology .............. 8 Sustainable Drainage & Flood Risk Management ................ 8 Data Project....................... 11 Customer Satisfaction Initiative ......................................... 12 Carbon Reduction Initiative . 12 Outstanding individual Contribution ...................... 14 New Technology .................. 15 Engineer of the Year ........... 15 Community Project ............. 17 Outstanding Innovation ...... 17

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