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View archived newsCambridge Water’s innovation makes shortlist for two top industry awards


An innovative project developed by Cambridge Water and the University of Cambridge has been shortlisted for two major industry awards.  Both awards acknowledge the partnership’s development of the UK’s largest rainwater harvesting system at Eddington, which is part of the North West Cambridge Development (NWCD), a newly-constructed district of Cambridge. 

The Utility Week Awards 2017 recognise excellence across the industry and rewards organisations that have achieved outstanding performance in the past year. The North West Cambridge Development has been shortlisted in the ‘Environment’ category for its rainwater harvesting initiative.  This category looks to reward the company or specific project that demonstrates a clear and conscious commitment to good environmental management.  The winners will be announced at a dinner on the 11th December. In addition, the project has also been shortlisted in the water management category of the Edie Sustainability Leaders awards, which celebrate real sustainability excellence and innovation.  The winners of this award will be announced in January 2018. 

The rainwater harvesting system, in conjunction with the normal potable water supply, will deliver a high-quality, consistent and ecologically-friendly supply to 8,500 people in Eddington.  When completed this district will comprise 3000 homes, 2000 student rooms, 100,000 square metres of academic and commercial research space, and community facilities and infrastructure.

The trailblazing rainwater harvesting system will reduce daily consumption of potable water across the site by over 45%, through rainwater recycling and water efficiency.  When the development reaches full capacity, this will represent a daily saving of approximately 595,000 litres – the equivalent of 8,500 baths of water.

The system has been designed to help make water consumption more sustainable in one of England’s driest regions.  This ground-breaking project demonstrates how developers and utilities can work together for mutual commercial, economic and environmental benefit.  Its aim is to drive change and encourage water efficiency – thereby creating a sustainable future.

Pete Aspley, Wholesale Services Director, Cambridge Water said “We are thrilled that our project has been shortlisted by these two prestigious award bodies.  We believe that this type of water management represents a significant step-change for the industry. It’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of this change and rewarding for us that our endeavours have been recognised.”

Heather Topel, Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said “The vision for the development is to be an exemplar of sustainable living. By working with our partners, like Cambridge Water, we can set new benchmarks in development, and we are thrilled to be amongst other great initiatives to strive to make a difference.” 

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