As OFWAT announce the judging panels for the Catalyst and Transform Streams of the second Water Breakthrough Challenge, they have invited the members of the panels to share their thoughts on how the water sector could look like in 2050.
The judges will recommend the most promising entries to be selected as winners of the Catalyst and Transform Streams. An award of approximately £39 million will be shared amongst the winners to develop transformative innovation that will deliver benefits to customers, society and the environment now and in the future.
Watch the video below, which features a few ‘postcards from the future’ from the judges.
Facing water sector challenges requires innovation
Reflecting on the challenges facing the water sector, Catalyst judging panel Chair Myrtle Dawes, Net Zero Technology Centre Director, commented:
I believe the need for urgent and critical action that we have in the energy industry as we head towards net zero around resilience, sustainability and fairness for customers/consumers will be mirrored and amplified for water – and the need for innovation and technology to be part of the journey will be paramount. In particular the use/re-use of existing infrastructure, adapted with digital innovations to conserve, inform and plan will be key – with every drop accounted for.
The judging for the second Water Breakthrough Challenge will start in February 2022. Winners of the Catalyst Stream will be announced in March 2022, and the Transform Stream winners will be revealed in April 2022.
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In the meantime, you can head over to the winners page to read about the projects OFWAT have already funded and discover how they are driving innovation and collaboration in the water sector and beyond.