IWA Honors Excellence in Global Water Engineering Projects

The Global Winners of the International Water Association’s Project Innovation Awards were announced last month at an awards ceremony during the IWA World Water Congress in Montreal, Canada.

The winners are:

  • Applied Research: Variable Salinity Plant, PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency.
  • Design: Western Corridor Recycled Water Project, WaterSecure, Australia.
  • Operations/Management: The Manila Water Experience – Reducing Manila’s Water Losses Through a Multi-Pronged Approach, Manila Water Co. Inc., Philippines.
  • Planning: COWAMA (Coastal Water Management,) Gold Coast Water, Australia.
  • Small Projects: Ice Pigging Technology to Clean Potable Water Mains, AGBAR, United Kingdom.
  • Superior Achievement: Western Corridor Recycled Water Project, WaterSecure, Australia.

Detailed descriptions of the global winning projects, and a general brief on the 2010 IWA Project Innovation Awards, are available in the accompanying attachment and on the Project Innovation Awards website www.iwa-pia.org.

The awards program was established by the International Water Association in 2006 to recognize excellence and innovation in water engineering projects throughout the world. Held once every two years, the program supports IWA’s goal to “connect water professionals worldwide to lead the development of effective and sustainable approaches to water management.” Projects submitted for the awards are judged based on originality and innovative application of technology; future value to engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity of the situation addressed; and degree of meeting client’s needs and expectations.

For the 2010 PIA, submitted projects first competed in one of the four regional bases in the Asia-Pacific, East Asia, Europe and North America. The regional award winners and honor awardees were announced at three regional award ceremonies held earlier in the year – in Barcelona (for the European regional competition) on May 10; in Shanghai (for the East Asia regional competition) on June 4; and in Singapore (for the Asia-Pacific regional competition) on June 30. The North America regional competition was conducted through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

The 2010 Project Innovation Awards are sponsored by Beijing Capital, Black & Veatch, GHD, KWR, Malcolm Pirnie, Nagaoka International Corporation and SKM.