Future Water Association Awards….and the winners are!

Celebrating the Best in the Water Sector

On 12th April 2018, Future Water Association, the UK’s leading business support organisation driving innovation in the Water Sector, held its annual awards lunch at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club . Future Water Association, presented awards in four categories; Health and Safety, People, Water Dragons Innovation and the inaugural Emerging Talent!The lunch was attended by individuals from across the water sector who came together to celebrate innovation, creative thinking, people who have made a difference in the sector, and the best of Health & Safety. This year’s lunch was sponsored by three key organisations working in the water sector: WRcLanes Group and blu-3 (UK) Ltd.

Guest speaker, James Bellini, a self-described ‘Historian of the Future’, provided the guests with a humorous but insightful spin on the future for water. James covered the ‘big picture’ and the ‘2030 future’ looking at various ‘gee-whiz’ futuristic examples of how things might be. He focussed on the challenge of addressing a scenario for water in 2030 that shows a 40 per cent gap between water demand and global supply and went on to cover the key areas of future water demand — agriculture, manufacturing, rapid global urbanisation etc, and how we can develop meaningful solutions, even touching on floating islands, high rise farms and insects being the future of protein!

Paul Horton, CEO of Future Water Association, explained the importance of the awards. “People and innovation are the driving force behind today’s water industry and these awards have been established to celebrate the water sector; the successes, the achievements, the technology and the people that all help deliver a valuable resource we sometimes take for granted. We are all busy juggling the day to day tasks within our organisations and it can be easy to take excellence and best practice for granted, especially when it comes to Health and Safety and the achievements of our people. Our Water Dragons Awards recognise the ideas and innovations within the sector and provides a platform for businesses to present new products to key decision makers, opening wider markets and opportunities.

The future needs to recognise new thinking and new ideas which is why we are delighted to launch ‘Emerging Talent’ acknowledging the success and achievement of people new into the water sector, who have made a difference. I am particularly delighted to have received the support of Energy & Utility Skills for this award. Looking forward it is important to ensure that creativity sits high on the agenda”

Water Dragons 
Winner – FabLittleBag
Highly Commended – Waterfit
Health & Safety
Winner – blu-3 (UK) Ltd
Highly Commended – Affinity Water
Winner – Water Direct
Emerging Talent
Winner – Shana Meeus – Artesia Consulting
Chairman’s Award

Winner – Angela Long – Future Water Association


Award Winners All
Please click on the links below for individual award winner photos:
For more detailed information about each entry please click on the following link:

Future Water Association Awards Brochure

The Awards lunch was also used as a platform to support two extremely worthwhile charitable organisations fundamentally connected with water, WaterAid and Toilet Twinning. Future Water Association ‘twinned’ two school toilet blocks, one  in Tanzania and one in Uganda, instead of providing table gifts. In addition, lunch guests donated a total of £700 to Water Aid during a Champagne prize draw.

Notes to Editors:

Future Water Association is a modern, innovative and dynamic membership organisation that inspires supports and leads the water supply chain, water companies and water retailers. Its goal is to provide business support to a sector facing many challenges.

The Health & Safety Award is sponsored by NEBOSH (the National Examining Board for Occupational Health & Safety). All the finalists have been able to demonstrate well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture; outstanding control of risk; very low levels of error, harm and loss and above all, the ambition to maintain continual improvement.

The People Award sponsored by ACO Water Management, recognises individuals or teams who that have ‘gone that extra mile’ outside of the normal requirements of their work. The calibre of entries has been extremely high this year.

Water Dragons is sponsored by Hydrosave and has been running since 2008. The format is based on the famous TV series and businesses pitch their products to a panel of judges and an audience firstly in regional heats and then a grand final.
Emerging Talent is sponsored by Energy & Utility Skills. This new award recognises people who are within their first five years in the sector, who have brought something new and different to the organisation they work for. The award also looks for leadership and interest in water/environmental issues.

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For more information please visit www.futurewaterassociation.com or for specific questions about this release, please email CEO Paul Horton at paul@futurewaterassociation.com or call 01926 513774.