Water Dragons 2020 winner announced

A worthy leak seeking Water Dragon winner

Monday saw the culmination of Future Water’s 2020 Water Dragons competition with five companies showcasing their water innovations in the grand final. Like the majority of the 2020 Water Dragon heats, the final took place online and was attended by a great variety of sector professionals, keen to discover more about the exciting innovations emerging at this challenging time.

As usual the format of the competition required each company to present their water focussed innovation during an eight minute pitch, in which they identified the market need and industry challenges that their entry addressed. Each presenter then faced questioning from the seven water industry judges about the key characteristics and benefits of their service or product.

The innovations pitched to the Water Dragon judges ranged from virtual water audit solutions to stabilising and enriching soil with the use of polymers. Despite the high standard of all five entries, there could be only one winner, and on this occasion that winner was Qinov8 with their innovative solution to finding and repairing leaks in pipes, the AQUAPEA®.

Commenting on the winner, Alastair Moseley, Water Dragon Judge Chair & Future Water Board Member said:

“Water Dragons continues to drive connections, innovations and engagement around new ideas, across the water sector. This final was no exception and it was fantastic to see the different thinking from the presenters who brought a great diversity of solutions to the judges.”

In response to being chosen as the 2020 Water Dragons winner, Michael Quinn, Co-Founder of Qinov8 said:

“We are extremely proud to receive validation and recognition that AQUAPEA® is effective at reducing leakage and could be scaled as a global solution. The Water Dragons competition provides great opportunities for innovative technologies like AQUAPEA® to display their game-changing ideas. Innovation is the key to success in all industries and judging by all of the entries this year the water industry is in good hands.

Winning the Water Dragons Award and now working alongside Future Water, will hopefully help us showcase the importance of including AQUAPEA® in every water engineer’s toolbox, as a first response solution to leakage.”

Paul Horton, CEO of Future Water added:

“Future Water is focussed on shaping the future of water through collaboration, innovation and education. Water Dragons is an opportunity to bring the creativity of the supply chain to the fore and this final was a fantastic example of companies rising to the challenge.”

Whilst the judges decided on the winner, event attendees listened to a panel discussion on the theme of ‘Driving change across the water community‘. Taking part in the panel were Nicky Cunningham, Manager at the Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste, University of Exeter, Harry Armstrong, Director, Regulatory Policy at OFWAT, Laura Conroy, Innovation Programme Manager at United Utilities and Harry Armstrong, HR Business Partner, Innovation Team at Severn Trent.

Notes to Editors:

About Water Dragons:
Future Water launched Water Dragons in 2008. It provides a unique opportunity for companies to pitch product, service or process innovations to a panel of senior water company executives and industry specialists, the ‘Water Dragons’. Now in its fourteenth year, Water Dragons continues to evolve. 2020 saw heats attract a wide range of entries from across the sector and the introduction of virtual heats. Water Dragons is proudly sponsored by Hydrosave – operational consultant and specialist contractor within the water industry.

The Water Dragon final judges:

  • Aaron Burton – Head of Environmental Strategy, Affinity Water
  • Annesley Crisp – Project & Engagement Manager, Innovation Engagement, Anglian Water
  • Richard Price – Chief Operating Officer, Bristol Water
  • Matthew Lewis – Innovation Portfolio Manager, Severn Trent
  • Jeremy Heath – Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water
  • Luke Spencer – Project Manager Construction, United Utilities
  • Glen Lagdon – Business Development Manager, SSI Services

The five companies competing in the 2020 final were: 

  • Radio Data Networks with their sewer flow regulator
  • Rescaype UK Ltd with their micronised, biodegradable, water-soluble polymer for soil amelioration/conditioning
  • Qinov8 with their AQUAPEA® leak repair device
  • Electro Scan with their ‘Machine-Intelligent Multi-Sensor DELTA Pressurised Leak Detection Solution’
  • Aqualogic with their ‘Virtual domestic water audit’