Essex & Suffolk Water took home a national award on Tuesday night which was presented at the Water Industry Achievement Awards 2017 in Birmingham.

(Tim Wagstaff & Thomas Andrewartha from Essex & Suffolk Water at The Water Industry Achievement Awards night)

The water company scooped the award for ‘Water Resource Project of the Year’, for its innovative water efficiency programme, every drop counts. The campaign takes a whole town approach to help customers save water, energy and money.

John Devall, Water Director at Essex & Suffolk Water, said: “I am really delighted and immensely proud of this award and the customer and environmental benefits it represents. It is a great achievement and a testament to the hard work we are doing to save water, make a difference to the natural environment and also save money for the customers.′′

Tom Andrewartha, Water Efficiency Manager for Essex & Suffolk Water said: “We are very proud to receive this prestigious award. The campaign which has been running since 2014 is a great way to save money on you water bill and cut those other utility bills as well. The home audits helps customers to save on average 30 litres of water a day, saving you £32 a year water and sewerage bill,’’ he said.

“Great results have been achieved in many towns in Essex and Suffolk regions so far with the community really getting involved. We are seeing customers saving a lot of water as a result of the Every Drop Counts campaign. I would really encourage customers to take part,” he added.

About Every Drop Counts (
Every Drop Counts is Essex & Suffolk Water’s largest ever water saving campaign. It takes a truly innovative, creative and wide-reaching whole-town approach by offering customers the chance to participate in various water-saving initiatives taking place in the same town at the same time. Last year, more than 5,000 household customers took part in Every Drop Counts in Essex and Suffolk. Each customer received a comprehensive home water audit worth over £130 are now saving on average 20.5 litres a year.


o 3,009 households (14,813 invited) saving 6.07 litres /property/day
o 20 businesses saving a total of 2,119 litres/day

GRAYS, Essex:
o 3,008 households (25,306 invited) saving 11.9 litres /property/day
o 3 businesses saving a total of 320 litres/day

o 3,493 households (30472 invited)
o 41 businesses
o 1920 households (36091 invited)