Innovation and talent recognised at water industry awards

Posted: Thursday 13th June 2013

The Institute of Water National Innovation Award 2013 was presented alongside a number of other industry awards at the President’s Dinner, the finale of the annual two day conference held at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

A panel of industry experts selected Ferret Technology as the National Innovation Award winner from a shortlist of regional entries.

The awards, sponsored by Thames Water, were presented by Professor Martin Cave at the prestigious Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh where more than 300 water industry experts gathered together to celebrate innovation in the water sector.

The Institute of Water is supporting the aims of the Water Sector Innovation Leadership Group by providing the stage on which to recognise UK water and sewerage innovation.

The National Innovation Awards give a much needed spotlight for the many innovative companies to demonstrate their excellence and are just part of the commitment the Institute is making to promote the right cultural environment and encourage pride in the sector.

Speaking about the winning entry Chris Loughlin, Institute of Water President, said: “This entry stood out as one which can dramatically improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. The Ferret Leak Location System can also make a significant contribution to further improving customer service by reducing disruption to individual properties.”

The Ferret Leak Location System is a standalone portable unit that uses mains water pressure to find leaks hydraulically. It enables in fast, efficient and accurate pinpointing of leaks in plastic and other smooth bore pipe lines. The system also significantly reduces the number of excavations required to locate and repair leaks giving a cost effective alternative to relaying long lengths of leaking pipeline.

Morrison Utility Services’ Ferrule Extraction Tool was awarded second place and Grontmij was awarded third for its Ground-breaking use of Gas lining technology.

Allen Bolton Award

As part of the Awards ceremony Kathy Auld, immediate past Chair of the Institute of Water presented long standing member George Irvine, Northern Ireland Area, with the Institute of Water Allen Bolton Award. Established in memory of one of the founder members of the Institute this award is presented for exceptional commitment shown to the Institute.

Continuing Professional Development award

The CPD Award was presented by Lynn Cooper, Institute of Water Chief Executive, and was given to Ashley Moule, Welsh Area Committee member. This award is made to an employee in the water industry who has demonstrated an effective approach to their own personal development.

The Institute of Water is the only professional body concerned solely with the water industry. It aims to provide opportunities to help members increase their knowledge about those topics that are crucial to the future success of the industry.




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