Just days ahead of the launch of its massive Innovation Festival, Northumbrian Water Group has scooped a top national Award for its innovative approach to reducing flood risk.

Picture shows: Northumbrian Water Group receive their Fujitsu Digital Innovation Award


The water company won the Fujitsu Digital Innovation Award at the Business in the Community′s Responsible Business Awards last night. (Tuesday July 3, 2018)


It was presented to the firm in a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London, attended by over 1,000 business leaders and hosted by Sir Lenny Henry. The event celebrates the innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are making a sustained difference and transforming communities.


Northumbrian Water Group was recognised for its Asset Performance Analytics project which utilises digital data tools to deliver intelligence-driven improvements to sewer pump performance, reducing flooding incidents and saving energy and money.


The award-winning initiative was introduced after more than 3,000 of the water company′s customers experienced disruption from flooding in 2016.


Nigel Watson, Northumbrian Water Group′s Information Services Director, said: "We know that flooding is one of the most devastating things that our customers can experience.


"Thanks to this innovative use of data, we′re able to identify the early warning signs of problems and take a proactive approach to reduce the risk of flooding in future, and we′re delighted for our achievements to be recognised with this award.


"As a responsible business, we′re always looking for new technology and new ideas to help us deliver other societal and environmental improvements, and we′re really excited to continue celebrating innovation at our Innovation Festival next week."


Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive at Business in the Community, said: "Huge congratulations to Northumbrian Water Group on their success in this year′s Responsible Business Awards.


"They are putting responsible business practices at the core of their company and are helping to create our mission to create healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.


"We know they will now use this award to inspire and teach others. They do Britain plc proud with their leadership on the responsible business agenda."


The Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival takes place at Newcastle Racecourse between Monday July 9 to July 13, bringing together some of the worlds′ largest businesses.


Taking place in a true festival environment, it aims to tackle key challenges such as reducing single use plastics, the future of transport and preventing flooding.


To follow updates on the NWG Innovation Festival, visit https://innovationfestival.org/


For further media information, call 0191 3015678.


Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.


In 2017 Northumbrian Water was named Utility of the Year at the Utility Week Awards, for the second time in four years. The company has followed this up in 2018 by winning the UK Excellence Award at the British Quality Foundation (BQF) UK Excellence Awards, and Water Company of the Year at the Water Industry Achievement Awards. Northumbrian Water also received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development for a second time in 2014, which is accredited for five years. This recognises the company as a business which benefits the environment, society and the economy.


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