Exemplar Project in Northern Ireland,

The Exemplar Project awards specifically recognise water efficiency achievements in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and seek to highlight the multiple social, environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency. Projects must be delivered in these areas and must involve at least one organisation whose registered address is in these areas.


Winner: Northern Ireland Water – Westland Rainwater Harvesting

Northern Ireland Water – Westland Rainwater Harvesting

NI Water is currently rationalising its office accommodation; to date three city centre offices have closed and approximately 350 staff have been relocated. To facilitate this, an extensive construction programme is taking place to provide suitable, modern accommodation within the existing NI Water estate. A recent project was the conversion of a storage shed into office accommodation for 100 staff, which was completed in January 2012.

The project has many water efficiency elements within it, the primary element is a rainwater harvesting system. This comprises a 12,000 litre underground storage tank collecting rainwater from the building’s roof, which is then pumped back into a header tank within the refurbished building where it is then used for flushing purposes.

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Runner-up: Pulse Eco Shower – Ipulse

Pulse Eco Shower – Ipulse

Pulse Eco Shower together with both the Questor Research Centre at Queens University Belfast and Campbell Engineering Belfast, set out to solve two problems associated with traditional restricted or aerated eco shower heads. 

  • Hygiene: bacteria and limescale build-up in and under the small holes in the traditional shower head spray plate.
  • Environment: environmental issues surrounding the large number of components found in market-leading shower heads. 

They solved both these problems with ‘Pulse Tech’, a revolutionary cylindrical insert which fits into the face of the new IPulse shower heads. With the IPulse project they can now offer maintenance-free easy-to-clean solution to the hygiene/limescale problem while offering a huge reduction in component parts, waste and the associated negative environmental impact.

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