Aqualia has just received the “IDA Exceptional Utility Leader in Water Reuse and Conservation Award” in recognition for its outstanding management of public and private services that have successfully implemented innovative water reuse and conservation projects.
Shannon McCarthy, secretary general of the International Desalination Association (IDA), expressed his thanks to Aqualia for its “ incredible work” during the meeting that both have held today at the company’s headquarters in Madrid. In a subsequent gathering, issues such as the upcoming challenges of the water management sector, innovation, and the next congresses that the IDA will organise in 2019 have been discussed.
The awards were announced by the Association at the “2018 IDA International Water Reuse and Recycling Conference: Making Every Drop Count”, which was held from June 24 to 27 in Valencia, Spain.
In addition to Aqualia, the other two award-winners were: Dr. Val S. Frenkel, PhD (U.S.) and Dow Water Solutions (Switzerland), which received the Outstanding Professional in Water Reuse and Conservation award and the Industry Technology and Innovation Leader in Water Reuse and Conservation award respectively.
Reputation of Aqualia in the water reuse and conservation field
Since 2009 and in collaboration with over 40 international research centres, Aqualia has implemented more than 30 R&D projects, generating 11 patents, most of them in the field of the circular economy and water and energy reuse.
Water reuse is one of the pillars of Aqualia’s circular economy commitment, but not exclusively. Through projects such as All-gas, SMART Green Gas or Methamorphosis, Aqualia is now enabling communities to use 100 per cent local biofuel obtained from wastewater; energy for desalination has been cut by a factor of 10. These initiatives mark a bold step forward for the water sector and for citizens.
In line with water reuse and conservation, in 2017, nearly 20 Aqualia projects were breaking new ground in biofuels, low energy desalination, smart metering and data analytics in their collaboration with corporate partners such as Gas Natural, Mahou, SEAT and IBM. Leading the way across areas including quality, sustainability, eco-efficiency and smart services, they have made possible by a fully committed team.