September 29, 2016 Society

Project Innovation Award Winners 2016 address global water challenges

Today The International Water Association announced the Project Innovation Award Winners 2016 from Australia, China and South Africa. The International Water Association Project Innovation Awards are a prestigious global competition and the winners have been selected for their innovation and excellence in water management.


Project Innovation Awards winners are:

Applied Research Award

Sydney WaterAustralia
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 will be held during the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday 12 October, 2016. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at Rydges, South Bank, Brisbane, where the overall Project Innovation Awards Grand Award Winner will be announced.

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.


The International Water Association Project Innovation Awards are sponsored by

NAGAOKA International Corporation, one of the world’s leading engineering and profile wire screen manufacturing firms; and

GHD, one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.


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To join the finalists as the winners are announced at the award ceremony at Rydges, South Bank, Brisbane (7.30pm – 10.00pm, 12 October 2016) or to arrange interviews please contact:


Paul Bell
IWA Media Manager
+31 6 4660 7771

Marta Jimenez
IWA Communications Officer
+ 31 6 3193 4081





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