Hydrao smart shower wins IWA Prize at FAMAE Water Challenge

The FAMAE foundation has announced the six winners of its Precious Water innovation competition, including the result of its International Water Association Prize.

The competition, backed by a €2 million endowment, drew some 3000 candidates from 120 countries.

IWA President Diane d’Arras was a jury member, and the IWA Prize went to Hydrao, developer of a smart shower head that helps users limit water consumption in the shower.

The foundation launched what it says has been the world’s largest innovation competition dedicated to water following the successful launch in 2017 of a competition in the area of waste reduction and recycling, backed by a €1 million.

FAMAE is an independent family foundation, founded by Eric Philippon, supporting innovation in the field of the environment. It organises an international challenge every year, and the water challenge set was to design a simple and innovative product or service to help preserve water, make it cleaner, and make it accessible to everyone, all over the world.


All FAMAE winners, announced on  18 May 2019, were:

  • Hydrao, smart shower developer (IWA Prize)
  • Nufiltration, for a high performance, affordable filter for drinking water, and use in agriculture and industry.
  • Mascara Renewable Water’s reverse osmosis desalination system powered with solar photovoltaic technology.
  • The film “Walking on Water” with NGO Amman Imman, which won the Women & Water Prize.
  • Atlanpole’s Fonto de Vivo low-tech hand pump for filtering water in humanitarian emergencies.
  • The Blue Tap Water’s housing level, low-tech chlorine injector for water disinfection.


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