Anglian Water celebrates hat trick at Utility Week Awards

09 February 2021


Staff at Anglian Water are celebrating today after securing three wins at the prestigious Utility Week Awards last night. The water company scooped the top spot for Employer of the Year, Net Zero Carbon Initiative of the Year and Supply Chain Initiative of the Year.


The awards are widely regarded as the highest accolades in the utility sector and having been shortlisted eight times across six categories, Anglian Water was the best performing of any water company.


Peter Simpson CEO for Anglian Water said: "Today is a proud day for Anglian Water, especially in light of a very tough spell for everyone while dealing with Covid-19. These awards are testament to how we’ve all worked together to support each other and our customers this year, just as our purpose and values suggest we should."


The Net Zero Carbon Initiative of the Year was awarded to the company in partnership with Oasthouse Ventures, for the creation of two vast greenhouses, one in Suffolk, the other in Norfolk, which use waste heat from water recycling plants to grow tomatoes. It is a world-first circular economy initiative which brings both environmental and social benefits to the region.


The award for Supply Chain Initiative of the Year went to Anglian Water alongside Kier and Clancy, for an optimisation project that has significantly speeded up the roll out of more than 750,000 upgraded water meters. The sooner the meters are installed, the sooner they will help with water conservation efforts across the region.


The final coup of the night came with the award for Employer of the Year, with the judges impressed by the company’s approach to health, safety and wellbeing, developing employees, promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, and demonstrating a sustained culture of responsibility and commitment to employees.


Speaking about the individual awards Peter said:


“We’re delighted to participate in a circular economy world-first with Oasthouse Ventures: providing a blueprint for low carbon, sustainable food production through the reuse of warm water, the natural by-product of the water treatment process.


“Smart metering is fundamental to securing resilient water supplies across our region today and in the future. The project developed with our supply chain partners Clancy and Kier through our IMDS Alliance, is a real demonstration of the value of collaboration when it comes to solving big challenges.


“Being recognised as employer of the year, especially after the last 12 months is a real highlight. Our people are at the heart of everything we deliver for our customers, so it’s crucial that we make sure they’re happy, healthy and safe at work.


“It’s great to hear that the judges think we’re doing the right things to support our people and to make Anglian Water a positive place to be.”