In August 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.
Ofwat, the Water Services Regulation Authority for England and Wales, has established a £200 million Innovation Fund to grow the water sector’s capacity to innovate, enabling it to better meet the evolving needs of customers, society and the environment. From 2021, Ofwat are delivering a series of competitions that water companies, in partnerships with others, can enter.
The current competition is the second round of the Water Breakthrough Challenge (‘Breakthrough 2’). Entries opened on 11 October 2021. For more information on Breakthrough 2 click here.
Anglian Water will be searching for ideas and potential proposals for ALL rounds of competitions up until 2025 and will to continue to work with suppliers to develop proposals for future competitions. Whilst the Ofwat Innovation Fund is a significant opportunity that we are fully engaged with, this is one fund amongst other external funding available that we would like to explore with our supply chain.
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