Water Dragons 2017 Final at Durham University - 8th March 2018

This year's Water Dragons Final will be held at The College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University on Thursday 8th March. The final will be hosted by The Water Hub, a venture involving the Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water, Durham County Council, Durham University, and the European Regional Development Fund. 

The final of the 2017 heat winners of water dragons will be judged by Steve Kaye, Anglian Water; Simon Dray, Hydrosave; Chris Jones, Northumbrian Water; Paul Rutter, Thames Water and Alastair Moseley, Chair Future Water Association Innovation Hub. 

Pitching at the Water Dragons 2017 final will be:

  • Quensus & Waterfit Winners of Heat 1, held at the Affinity Water Innovation Day 
  • FabLittleBag - Winner of Heat 2, held at Future Water Association's Member Engagement Forum  
  • Nuron & Primayer - Winners of Heat 3, held at Future Water Networks 2017  
Like all the best ideas, the fundamentals underpinning Water Dragons are simple and straightforward. Companies pitch their innovation to the Dragons after which the Dragons then cross-examine the presenters, focussing on three key areas:
  • Have they clearly identified the potential size and value of the market?
  • Have the presenters thought through how their innovation would be implemented?
  • No innovation operates in a vacuum - how will its introduction impact on existing operations, working practices and systems?
Interested in being part of the Water Dragons audience?
Members are invited to attend the event free of charge.
There are also a limited number of exhibition opportunities available
at a cost of £200 plus VAT.
Interested members please complete a delegate or exhibitor form.
The final is being run in association with and supported by The Water Hub

The Water Dragon 2017 Winner will be announced at the Future Water Association's annual lunch on Thursday 12th April. Click here for more information.
Water Dragon Winners 2016 - Awards Presentation, 23 February 2017






Water Dragons: A History

Since it began in 2008, 109 companies have entered with ideas and developments that: increased ease of access to water mains; improved flow measurement; reduced shut off periods during pipe repairs; adopted in-situ lining trenchless technology practices; brought real-time blockage detection to sewer systems along with CSO mitigation; optimised activated sludge systems; increased leak detection; improved flow sensor systems in pipe networks; reducde CAPEX & OPEX at Wastewater Treatment plants; helped mitigate flood risk in emergency situations; improved the management of Fat’s Oils & Greases (FOGs) and many more. The innovations from those involved have been across both products and services driven by new ways of thinking. 

Over the past 9 years entrants have been challenged by Water Dragon judges from a range of companies and organisations including representatives from, Anglian Water, Irish Water, Northern Ireland Water, Southern Water, South West Water, South Staffs Water, Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, Yorkshire Water and Wessex Water. In addition ‘Dragons’ have also included Tier 1 contractors such as Skanska and Government bodies Innovate UK, KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network).

Water Dragons dovetails with the Future Water Association’s ‘Innovating for the future’ roadmap, innovation training modules and the newly launched Young Water Dragons. Together they help members travel the innovation journey with increased confidence and certainty.  


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Water Dragons is a Future Water Association initiative aimed to support and develop the creative and future entrepreneurs of the water sector.  Water Dragons is the inspiration of Future Water Association member, John Batty of Bluejohn Marketing Ltd. John appeared on the BBC’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ programme and realised its applicability to the innovation challenges facing the water industry. John is also the author of the ‘Innovating for the future’ roadmap. You can find out more about the services provided by Bluejohn Marketing at www.bluejohnmarketing.com.   


Steve Kaye, Anglian Water
Steve Kaye, Anglian Water
Paul Rutter, Thames Water
Paul Rutter, Thames Water
Alastair Moseley, H2O WEM
Alastair Moseley, H2O WEM
Simon Dray, Hydrosave
Simon Dray, Hydrosave

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