Anglian Water and partners celebrate success at National Water Industry Awards

03 August 2020


Anglian Water and their partners, Norfolk Rivers Trust and Water Resources East are celebrating after scooping awards at yesterday's Water Industry Awards, recognising their collaborative work.


The annual awards took place virtually due to the current restrictions related to Covid-19 and saw water companies from across the country vying for recognition in their work throughout the year.


Anglian Water and the Norfolk Rivers Trust were awarded Net Zero Carbon Initiative of the Year for their pioneering treatment wetland at Ingoldisthorpe in Norfolk, which works alongside the water company’s existing water recycling centre.


The aim of the wetland was to find a natural way to limit the increasing levels of ammonia and phosphorus making their way into the natural environment, rather than relying on installing new carbon, chemical and energy-hungry infrastructure.


Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water said, “Winning this award is a great achievement and recognition of the work we are doing in order to reach carbon net zero by 2030 as well as honouring our purpose to protect and enhance our environment”


The judges of the awards said of the initiative: “The introduction of the first treatment wetland of its kind in England at the River Ingol demonstrates the low-tech sustainable approach to water treatment. The wetland is a natural treatment plant for millions of litres of water a day and has avoided building carbon-hungry infrastructure. This was a clear concept and a unique solution. Congratulations Anglian Water and Norfolk Rivers Trust!”


The second win of the night was for Water Resources East (WRE) in collaboration with Mott MacDonald, Atkins and the University of Manchester for Water Resources Initiative of the year.


WRE was formed by Anglian Water in 2014 with a focus on multi-sector water resource planning. It has since become an independent organisation. Being a largely agricultural region, the East of England is characterised by a wide diversity of water users but also the region faces significant pressures from population growth and climate change.  WRE is the collaborative approach for a different water resources management solution across the region.


Robin Price, Managing Director of WRE said “The Water Resources Initiative award is fantastic acknowledgement of what can be achieved when we work in collaboration with partner organisations and across sectors. It is essential that we work together to find solutions to the water resource challenges we face in this region now and into the future while restoring and enhancing the environment.”


Anglian Water have been hugely successful at the awards over previous year, last year they were crowned Water Company of the Year.