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Blaire Lavoie MWHMWH has again proudly sponsored the Institute of Water’s annual Innovation Awards with Blair Lavoie, president of MWH Constructors, presenting the finalists with their prestigious awards at the President’s Dinner.

The national awards recognise the finest examples of innovation the UK water and sewerage sector has to offer. It is an amazing opportunity for leading edge individuals and companies to come together and demonstrate their excellence.

Successes on the night came for the following three finalists:

3rd place – Northumbrian Water & South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water and South Tyneside Council came together and developed a synergized approach to designing an integrated flood risk alleviation scheme. This inventive approach took flood risk management to another level. Through generated efficiencies, improved customer service created a sustainable scheme that offers wider benefits including habitat creation.

2nd place – Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, “The Weed Wiper” saw the Water Industry, National Resources Wales and the Farming Industry unite to reduce water treatment costs and protect the environment by successfully developing a solution that reduces the levels of pesticides in water.

1st place – South East Water, is sampling pond water and using rapid, reliable DNA analysis to detect the presence of DNA in Great Crested Newts. This process brings many benefits over the traditional method of physically surveying ponds at night to detect the presence of DNA.

At the presentation of the awards, Lavoie noted, “I have always had a passionate interest in innovation and collaborative working across our industry both in the UK and globally, and for that reason I was extremely supportive when the opportunity arose for MWH to once again sponsor the Institute of Water Innovation Awards.  Innovation is the key to meeting our AMP6 challenge in a sustainable way and I applaud the Institute’s role in promoting, recognizing and sharing innovation across the Industry. To see the level of innovation and collaboration that each of these finalists have brought brings pride to the water sector and the communities we create.”

The prestigious awards dinner followed the institute’s annual conference. Paul Gledhill, MWH managing director, was again part of the judging panel. He attended the conference and dinner, bringing with him to both events staff from all levels within MWH. “I wanted to recognise the success of the Institute and expose some of the talent I see across MWH to the Institute and development opportunities membership can provide. The Institute is the only professional body catering exclusively to the UK water sector and aims to inspire members to reach their potential through learning, development, recognition and networking. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the water sector, at any level and from any discipline. It is a truly inclusive organisation.”

The conference theme: ‘It’s Water We Do Best’, highlighted the immense pride across our industry in the service we deliver every day. Through talks, exhibits and interactive speaker sessions. The two-day event provided a platform to discuss a wide range of live topics for our sector. The event was thought-provoking and provided attendees with valuable input from across the water industry and related organizations.