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Water Technology Company of the Year: Shortlist

For the company which made the most significant contribution to the field of water and digital technology in 2019.

Shortlisted Nominees



What is it?

A Danish metering specialist in the field of water and electricity.

What has it done?

Kamstrup emphatically arrived to water’s digital revolution in 2019, introducing a cutting-edge water meter with in-built acoustic leak detection, which has seen swift uptake by the European market, as well as expanding its digital capabilities through canny acquisitions.

What makes it special?

Kamstrup’s new smart water meter has dramatically raised the bar for intelligent water metering solutions, its in-built acoustic leak detection capabilities helping reduce leaks in service connections, a traditional blind spot for utilities. In one test, 17 leaks were found in an area where 50 meters were installed, reducing water loss from 1.7m3/hr to 0.3m/hr once repaired. Warm market reception has already resulted in two large projects wins in Denmark as well as dozens of major sales across Europe.

The Water-link utility in Antwerp, Belgium, is reaping the rewards of Kamstrup’s expertise in interoperability between hardware and software as the city implements a roll-out of smart meters to remotely control the supply of water through the network.


Kamstrup is playing a pivotal role in integrating its IoT-enabled water meters with valves supplied by a third party – with 74,000 meters already installed throughout 2019 and a further 100,000 in the pipeline, Water-link will have full control over its water network.

Kamstrup has put itself at the forefront of the digitalisation of the water sector, investing over 13% of turnover in R&D, hiring a dedicated director for software development and obtaining expertise beyond water networks through the acquisition of treatment plant control system specialist Blue Control.


Nijhuis Water Technology B.V.

What is it?

An industrial wastewater specialist with more than a century of history that has evolved into one of the premier water technology companies around today.

What has it done?

Nijhuis saw its revenues soar towards the €100 million mark as its technology development prowess paid off magnificently in 2019. Two thirds of the year’s order book contained innovations introduced to the market in the last three years and it drastically expanded its footprint beyond the food processing market to land orders in pharmaceutical, municipal and leisure water reuse.

What makes it special?

New technologies in the fields of ammonia recovery, fat recovery, intelligent chemical dosing and sludge dewatering have enabled Nijhuis to rapidly expand business previously focused on wastewater treatment for slaughterhouses. The benefits of these technologies can be quickly felt by clients, with Nijhuis’ ingenious modular solutions strategy enabling rapid plant start-up times in tiny footprints for demanding industrial customers, as well as boosting its growing mobile water treatment expertise.

The acquisition of cooling tower equipment repair expert Deba UK complements Nijhuis’ existing chemical-free legionella control business, bringing a new dimension to the fight with chemical-based cooling water systems through provision of a consulting-based approach to clients.


Nijhuis continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to resource recovery, showcasing at the 2019 Aquatech water show its pioneering system for turning urine into fresh water and fertilising nutrients, as well as landing a key role in the development of a water refinery plant in the Netherlands, recovering cellulose, organics, phosphorus and nitrogen with its broad suite of advanced technologies.


Royal HaskoningDHV

What is it?

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

What has it done?

In 2019 Royal HaskoningDHV took giant strides in the transition to the circular economy as it blazed the trail for resource recovery. It initiated the first large-scale production unit for its ground-breaking biopolymer product Kaumera Nereda Gum, while the firm scored impressive results with a new sludge digestion technology and its Aquasuite software.

What makes it special?

The Kaumera bio-based raw material extracted from Nereda sludge is a huge step forward towards creating the truly circular economy, offering a viable and versatile alternative to oil-based materials. Its ability to both absorb or repel water gives Kaumera Gum a variety of applications in the agriculture, building, textile and paper industries; with a second production unit planned to be online in spring 2020, Kaumera looks set for a lasting impact.

After dramatically shaking up the wastewater treatment space with the Nereda technology, RHDHV has set its sights on anaerobic sludge digestion with a clever new digester configuration.


The Ephyra system separates various stages of the digestion process, allowing shorter retention times and increasing biogas production by 75% at the Tollebeek WWTP, which is now energy self-sufficient.

Royal HaskoningDHV scored a major breakthrough for its Aquasuite AI software platform as a pilot at Singapore PUB’s Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant saw increased effluent quality despite aeration flow being reduced by 15%, demonstrating machine learning’s key role in meeting increased demands on wastewater treatment.


Suez Smart Environmental Solutions

What is it?

The smart services business of Suez, which is responsible for the Aquadvanced suite of digital monitoring and control solutions, the automated metering infrastructure solutions and the Smart Asset management solutions.

What has it done?

In 2019 Suez Smart Solutions was one of the most dynamic engines of growth for the overall Suez portfolio as it took its market-leading Aquadvanced suite of real-time software solutions to new territories. The firm continued to set the pace for the digital revolution by integrating the latest technologies and developing highly impactful external partnerships.

What makes it special?

In 2019 dozens of utilities across the globe enjoyed Suez’s Aquadvanced solutions including Singapore’s Public Utilities Board, and Melbourne Water, enabling major cities at the sharp end of today’s water challenges to effortlessly monitor their water and sewerage networks in real-time and cut energy costs by making best use of off-peak power rates. The service goes from strength to strength as Aquadvanced Plant is launched in 2020 after extensive full-scale piloting.

No company was more committed to water’s digital future in 2019, as Suez Smart Solutions struck canny partnerships to not only enhance its range of solutions, such as applying machine learning for pipe assessment with start-up Fracta, but also accelerate high-potential digital projects with other partners through its unrivalled Digital Hub collaborative platform.


Suez now operates more than 5 million smart water meters across the world through its hugely successful ON’connect platform, which leverages the Internet of Things to help cities and their inhabitants become much more sustainable in their water use.


The Global Water Awards 2020 is proudly sponsored by:

Dupont Water Solutions

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