Water Europe Innovation Awards 2020 winners revealed!
Discover the innovators changing the face of the
European water sector!

The Water Europe Innovation Awards honored Europe’s most ground-breaking water innovative solutions at the Water Innovation Europe 2020 innovative water week that took place from the 22nd to the 26th of June.

The six award winners have been chosen by a panel of Water Europe Ambassadors for their excellence and high market potential of their innovations in their field of application. 

Here are the six winners of the digital edition of Water Europe Innovation Awards 2020:
  • Water-Smart MEP Award: Simona Bonafè
  • SME Award: Bluephage
  • Water Governance Award: De Monfort University
  • Water Technology & Infrastructure Award: Idrica
  • Digital Water Award: Deltares
  • Global Water Challenges Award: WeCo

Discover the winners

Simona Bonafè is the winner of the Water-Smart MEP Award. This award aims to highlight the work of one Member of the European Parliament who has contributed to achieving a Water-Smart Society in Europe and beyond. Simona Bonafè from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (Italy) has been our winner for her work on the EU regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse. It’s the first year that this award is given by Water Europe. Watch Ms Bonafè video speech.
BLUEPHAGE is the winner for the SME Award. BLUEPHAGE is a biotechnology company launched as a spinoff in 2016 from the University of Barcelona (Spain) that specializes in providing products and services for the analysis of bacteriophages as viral indicators in water, food and biosolids. BLUEPHAGE is developing the easiest, fastest and most cost-saving viral indicators’ kits to improve water safety. The company developed the easy kits (or 1st generation kits) which provide pre-prepared material for the enumeration of coliphages according to ISO and US-EPA methods. Click here to learn more.
De Monfort University (DMU) is the winner of the Water Governance Award. Through its user-driven project Political and Social Awareness on Water Environmental Challenges (POWER), DMU demonstrated that the use of smart technologies supported by innovative engagement models plays an important role in addressing priority areas that will have a significant impact on the future of water in our society. In the long-term, the POWER approach aims to build capacity in cities to develop solutions, strategies and policies for addressing water-related sustainability challenges that can ensure policy continuity, thus creating an important tool for EU water policy. To learn more, click here
Idrica is the winner of the Water Technology & Infrastructure Award for its technological solution GoAigua. GoAigua unifies all digital components of the water utility infrastructure – SCADA, GIS, ERP, AMI/AMR, CMMS, IoT Sensors – into a single utility. Using advanced AI/ML algorithms, GoAigua improves operations, maintenance, asset management, customer experience, and adaptability. The centralized intelligent management enables real-time sense and respond – prioritizing the most important activities. This innovative solution can provide regulators and public health officials with a new and effective tool to establish social distancing guidelines or anticipate future spikes in hospitalization. By monitoring wastewater networks, water utilities can also implement a large-scale surveillance program. Visit the website.
Deltares is the winner of the Digital Water Award for its free Deltares Nitrate App. The app is designed for smartphones so that everyone can measure nitrate levels and share the results. The Deltares Nitrate App scans and analyses nitrate strips, displays the results immediately and gives users the option to share the data. The shared results are displayed immediately in the online Delta Data Viewer. The viewer can put together specific combinations of background maps, measurement information and area properties for each user group. Discover more.
WeCo is the winner for the Global Water Challenges Awards category. WeCo public toilets consume only 350 L of water per year, considering 100 daily users. The wastewater produced by toilets with the flush is treated on-site via a biological process and an electrochemical reactor killing the bacteria and clarifying the water, producing drinkable water quality for flushes or watering the plants or cleaning. This patented innovation is the first worldwide to treat and recycle onsite the black water within two hours and a reduced size technology of 2 m3, thus making it viable for a host of application scenarios. The potential savings are huge if one considers that standard public toilet uses around 156,000 litres of water per year. Click here to visit the website. 
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