The International Water Association Project Innovation Awards are a prestigious global competition. The winners from Australia, China and South Africa are:
- Applied Research Award: Sydney Water, Australia – Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project
- Design and Planning Award: Zhejiang Kaichuang Environmental Technology Corporation, Ltd, China – The First Zero Discharge Demonstration Project of Papermaking Wastewater in China
- Operations and Management Award: Mackay Regional Council, Australia – Digital Innovation in Local government
- Marketing and Communications Award: Rand Water, South Africa – Let’s be Water Wise
“The water sector is facing unprecedented global challenges. Urgent and innovative action is necessary to ensure that a sustainable water future meets the needs of billions of people and the environment. This years award winners from South Africa, China and Australia have shown excellence and innovation in water engineering projects with real impact and potential throughout the world,” said Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, the International Water Association. The IWA Project Innovation Awards, now in their tenth year. The awards emphasize developing responses to global water challenges that are achieved through innovative and practical solutions that improve efficiency, and provide real economic and health benefits throughout the water cycle. The Project Innovation Awards have been held during the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane, Australia on October 12. Water is seen as one of the critical risks facing the world today and in the future. Water scarcity is growing around the world at a time when demand for water reaches unprecedented heights. Climate change, a rapidly growing global population and the needs of agriculture, industry and the environment are all reducing our ability to deliver access to clean, safe water and basic sanitation services.
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