Ofwat – Innovation in Water Challenge (IWC)


In September 2020, the water industry launched its UK water innovation strategy. This was collectively developed by all 19 water companies to give a single and comprehensive overview of the sector’s mission to drive transformational change between now and 2050. The seven themes identified by the strategy reflected many of Anglian Water’s current and future challenges and we’re pleased that our Shop Window priorities align with thinking across the sector as well as our own regional challenges.

Part of the overall approach includes a £200 million innovation competition fund to encourage innovation to transform water and wastewater services. This is being delivered using two types of innovation competition.

On 18 January 2021, the first round of the Innovation in Water Challenge (IWC) fund will open for entries led by Anglian Water and all other water companies. The primary objective of the first IWC is to encourage new ways of working that go beyond business-as-usual innovation practices in the water sector, in particular, increasing and improving collaboration and building partnerships from within and outside the water sector.

Anglian Water are looking for ideas that address the big challenges facing the sector which have been guided by the five strategic innovation themes and innovation principles. We are looking for initiatives that we can collaborate on and entries across all areas – technology, methodologies and approaches, culture, business practices or commercial models.

Successful entries will receive between £50,000-£250,000 to support, kick-start, grow or scale their initiative.

The deadline for submissions will be 12 noon (GMT) on 08 February 2021.

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