Waterwise Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK wins Bronze at the International Water Association Project Innovation Awards in Tokyo

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Press Release 19 September 2018

The International Water Association has recognised the Waterwise Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK with a Bronze Project Innovation Award, presented in Tokyo at the World Water Congress – after fierce competition from 160 entries from 45 countries.

Waterwise is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with the vision that water will be used wisely, everyday, everywhere. In June 2017 we launched our Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK.  Our strategy, its development and delivery is unique in that it is a national strategy on water efficiency produced by an NGO that has then led to Government, water companies and other stakeholders taking on the delivery. Rather than being government led, this major policy project has influenced Government and water companies to require “high ambition” on water efficiency in the UK to deliver resilient and sustainable water supply systems. The strategy has led to a major policy shift supporting greater demand management, including setting personal water consumption targets for England. The steering group members remain actively involved in delivering the actions they created.

Awarded biennially at the IWA World Water Congress, the Project Innovation Awards recognise and promote excellence and innovation in water management, research and technology. After fierce competition featuring 160 entries from 45 countries, an expert panel of judges has ranked our Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK awarded us Bronze for the Category: Governance, Institutions and Social Enterprise. This was presented at an awards dinner on 18 September at the IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo.

Aaron said:

“Winning this award provides great recognition of the hard work Waterwise staff along with members of the strategy steering group have put in over the years to develop and implement the strategy. Recognition by the IWA provides valuable support for our work as we release our annual report in November 2018, and will help us demonstrate to stakeholders the innovative approaches we have applied and the value of our work in supporting resilience and sustainability in the UK.”


Jean Spencer, Chair of the Water Efficiency Strategy Steering Group, said:


“Innovative solutions and collaboration are essential.The strategy and its ongoing steering group has supported us working collaboratively as a sector to make this strategy happen – building on the great work we’ve done together so far. Waterwise successfully led the development of the strategy, a public consultation, launch and key projects as part of its delivery. This was delivered without a specific budget and within the existing resource constraints of Waterwise, a small independent not-for-profit organisation. ”


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