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Water Technology Company of the Year: Shortlist

For the company which has made the most significant contribution to the field of water technology in 2017.

Shortlisted Nominees


Fluence Corporation

What is it?

The decentralised water and wastewater treatment specialist formed from the merger of RWL Water and Emefcy.

What has it done?

The combination of Emefcy’s technological prowess and RWL Water’s global reach paid off to spectacular effect in 2017, as the company capitalised impressively on growing appetite for decentralised desalination and wastewater treatment systems. Fluence secured a cascade of orders for its innovative low-energy membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) solution, and installed no fewer than 25 of its packaged desalination plants.

What makes it special?

Fluence seamlessly transferred its technology expertise to the municipal sector last year, landing its first contract for a submerged configuration of its MABR technology at a wastewater treatment plant in Israel.

The company has manoeuvred itself into pole position to feast on the opportunity offered by the Chinese rural wastewater treatment market, signing a series of strategic partnerships covering 70% of the country. A wave of contracts for its MABR technology followed the milestone of the first module coming off the production line at its new factory in Jiangsu Province.


Fluence continued to push the envelope with its containerised technologies last year, delivering three Nirobox units and 3,000m3/d of treatment capacity in a record time of six weeks to the island of Mayotte near Madagascar. These modular, quick to deploy solutions avoid the challenges associated with constructing large-scale facilities, helping Fluence to become the go-to provider of containerised treatment solutions worldwide.


LG Corp.

What is it?

The water business of the Korean multinational electronics company, which supplies low- and high-pressure membranes, as well as EPC and BOT services.

What has it done?

In 2017, the company’s LG Water Solutions subsidiary achieved world domination, emerging as the leading supplier of SWRO membranes to large-scale desalination plants currently under construction.

What makes it special?

In 2017, LG Water Solutions became the new giant-killer of the large-scale SWRO membrane market, popping up as the sole supplier to Egypt’s two largest desalination plants at Galalah and East Port Said. It now has a market-leading 550,000m3/d of membrane capacity under contract, single-handedly loosening the iron grip of the Dow/Hydranautics/Toray triumvirate in large-scale SWRO.

Coupled with its high-profile success in the SWRO market, LG Water Solutions is also making significant advances in the under-the-radar battle for brackish water RO supremacy, where it is increasingly replacing competitors’ products with its superior high-flux, high-salt rejection thin-film nanocomposite membranes.


Besides its membrane prowess, LG Corp. has the in-house might to skilfully bring together highly technical treatment trains to tackle heavily contaminated wastewaters via its two contractor subsidiaries LG-Hitachi Water Solutions and HiEntech (which also has an enviable technology portfolio for biological wastewater treatment and sludge digestion). Nowhere was this technology integration demonstrated to better effect than in the 41,200m3/d treatment plant it supplied in the city of Paju, Korea, which employed powdered activated carbon, UF and BWRO to turn sewage into high-quality process water for the electronic display industry.


Royal HaskoningDHV

What is it?

A Netherlands-based international engineering consultancy firm with a highly innovative water technology development arm.

What has it done?

In 2017, Royal HaskoningDHV cemented its role as a pioneer of innovative water technologies as it ramped up installations of its revolutionary granular aerobic sludge technology Nereda, reaching 40 installations on five continents. It also introduced innovations around sludge management, the digital water space, and the circular economy.

What makes it special?

The Nereda process is one of the most disruptive wastewater treatment technologies to emerge in decades, offering enhanced nitrogen removal and lower energy consumption in a much smaller footprint than conventional activated sludge. In 2017, Royal HaskoningDHV took the technology to the next level through an agreement with monitoring companies Endress+Hauser and Hach to provide precision analysis of the process.

Not content with excelling in the treatment space, Royal HaskoningDHV has also accelerated the deployment of Aquasuite, its market-leading monitoring and control software platform for water and wastewater operations. The addition of a self-learning system to optimise the sludge line means the company is now able to manage the entire urban water cycle.


Royal HaskoningDHV continues to push the boundaries for water’s role in the circular economy. In 2017, the Delft University of Technology assigned the company the global rights to apply technologies to extract biopolymers from Nereda wastewater treatment sludge, which can then be commercially repurposed into advanced nanocomposite materials.



What is it?

A $4.7 billion-a-year NYSE-listed water equipment and analytics company.

What has it done?

Xylem moved the needle in the water technology sector in 2017 as it continued its acquisition spree to become an outright leader in the rapidly growing market for smart water solutions. The purchase of pipeline diagnostics specialist Pure Technologies rounded out its suite of solutions for non-revenue water, while it delved into the increasingly critical area of stormwater and sewer analytics by buying EmNet. Xylem’s digital strategy was complemented by numerous cutting-edge innovations centred around energy management.

What makes it special?

The deals Xylem undertook in 2017 perfectly demonstrate the company’s unparalleled vision to offer end-to-end solutions for the digital utility of the 21st century. The icing on the cake will be the imminent merging of the new acquisitions with its existing software and analytics business to form an Advanced Infrastructure Solutions business unit.

Xylem’s innovative streak in water conveyance infrastructure also continued unabated last year, as it unveiled the first major installation of its revolutionary Flygt Concertor intelligent wastewater pumping system in Washington, DC. 2017 also saw the launch of Xylem’s smart non-clogging Godwin dewatering pump, which can be monitored and controlled from any device anywhere in the world – another industry first.


Xylem expanded the horizons for potable reuse last year with the installation of the world’s first large-scale UV/chlorine process to treat wastewater to drinking water standards at the Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles. The system stacked up very favourably against traditional technologies for advanced treatment, providing a vital new tool for communities facing the toughest water resourcing challenges.


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