GWI Announces Winners of the 2018 Global Water Awards

Category: Investment, Water

April 17, 2018 ( Global Water Intelligence (GWI) today announced the winners of the 2018 Global Water Awards, which were presented on Monday 16 April at the Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris, France, as part of the Global Water Summit 2018. The coveted awards ceremony recognises the industry's greatest feats over the previous year, rewarding the initiatives and companies in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

The master of ceremony, Claire McCollum, reflected on the development of the water sector in 2017 during her opening address: "It is an exciting time for the international water industry, with some of the most significant opportunities the water sector has seen in a decade presented on the agenda for this year's conference. It heralds a new paradigm for the water industry as the arrival of new technologies, businesses and sources of finance are empowering the water industry to rethink the way it does business." The Global Water Summit 2018 opened with the theme of Transcending Boundaries and this theme was ever-present during the awards ceremony, celebrating the pioneers who have been pushing the industry to greater heights over the last year.

The winners of the 2018 Global Water Awards are:

Water Company of the Year

Winner: Evoqua Water Technologies
Distinction: Aqualia

Desalination Company of the Year

Winner: Suez
Distinction: Metito

Smart Water Company of the Year

Winner: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Distinction: Schneider Electric

Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the Year

Winner: Voltea
Distinction: Moleaer

Water/Wastewater Project of the Year

Winner: Ulu Pandan wastewater treatment pilot
Distinction: El Paso zero discharge plant

Industrial Water Project of the Year

Winner: Arla Foods Milky Water Reuse
Distinction: ABF Ovaltine Effluent Treatment Plant

Municipal Desalination Plant of the Year

Winner: Mirfa IWPP
Distinction: Umm Al Houl IWPP

Industrial Desalination Plant of the Year

Winner: Jazan IGCC desalination plant
Distinction: Sarlux desalination plant

Water Deal of the Year

Winner: Kigali Bulk Water Supply project financing
Distinction: Hamilton biosolids financing

Water Leaders Award

Winner: Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board
Distinction: Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos SA

Smart Water Project of the Year

Winner: Mecca Smart Operations Project
Distinction: Christchurch Pressurised Sewer Project

Water Technology Company of the Year

Winner: Xylem
Distinction: LG Water Solutions

Water Technology Idol

Winner: CosmosID
Distinction: Via Separations
People's Choice: Via Separations

Trophies were also presented to new members of the Leading Utilities of the World network. Membership in this network is a recognition that a utility is among the best in the world, based on relative improvement as much as absolute achievement. The six new members were accepted into the network in a meeting held at The Global Water Summit on 16th April where each presented their achievements to the network's advisory board – all of whom also represent utilities that have an unimpeachable record of innovation and performance. The Leading Utilities of the World Network is supported by Jacobs CH2M, the network's Foundation Partner.

New Leading Utilities of the World members:

Jean Spencer, Executive Director, Anglian Water

Joke Cuperus, Managing Director, PWN, The Netherlands

Adel H. Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, LA Sanitation, USA

Stefano Venier, CEO, Hera Group, Italy

David L. Johnson, Deputy General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority / Las Vegas ValleyWater District, USA

Mohammad Juma Rashid Bin Jarsh Al Falasi, Undersecretary, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE

The Global Water Awards are voted for by subscribers to GWI magazine and Water Desalination Report. In addition, delegates who registered for the Early Bird Discount were also eligible to vote.

Global Water Intelligence also extended its thanks to Evoqua Water Technologies for their continued support of the ceremony as The Official Global Water Awards Sponsor. The table sponsors include: Acciona, Almar Water Solutions, Jacobs Ch2m, Amane Advisors, Stantec, Gradiant, Aqualia, Suez, Veolia, Endress+Hauser, Orascom, Royal Haskoning, Besix.

More information on the Global Water Awards can be found at:

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Global Water Intelligence (GWI) researches and publishes business data and information about the water markets worldwide. Based in Oxford, UK it also has offices in Singapore and USA (Austin, Texas) and has researchers and office staff in many other countries. It publishes three subscription titles and a free weekly GWI Briefing email ( and around four individual reports per year on particular water sectors/geographic regions. It also organises two major financial conferences for the water industry each year: the American Water Summit in Autumn and the Global Water Summit in Spring. GWI was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2011. Winners and Distinctions will shortly be able to download publicity materials from, or contact for further information.

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