Waterwise Product Awards 2017

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This was the first year we have held awards specifically for products and services, we have done this to celebrate the increasing innovation and ingenuity of product developers, and to highlight the wide range of products that are available for homes and businesses. The Water Efficient Product Awards 2017 recognised the achievements of designers, inventors and businesses who have worked hard to develop water efficiency solutions. We believe that in the past decade water efficiency has become more mainstream and it is now accepted that we should all take action to try and conserve water and reduce waste. Therefore, we are focusing even more on promoting the solutions that can facilitate water efficiency action. Innovative water efficient products and services play a large role in the Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK, which we are publishing this year, and promoting these inventions and solutions is key to promoting water efficiency itself. We were delighted by the number, quality and diversity of the entries we received, but these things also presented our judges with a big challenge and it was difficult to shortlist and choose winners and runners-up. Therefore, we would like to congratulate everyone who entered and to urge them to continue their excellent work. Please take a look at the products and services described below and in the attached case studies. If you would like to discuss water efficiency innovation please get in touch with Waterwise and we would be delighted to act as matchmakers for innovators and end-users.

Nicci Russell

Waterwise MD

Kitchen/White Goods

Winner:   Whirpool Supreme Clean Dishwasher – WIO 3T123 6PE

Whirlpool 6TH SENSE® technology adapts the water pressure and programme time and uses only the necessary water to achieve the very best performance and cleaning results. 6TH SENSE® technology automatically detects and monitors the level of food soiling on the crockery and cutlery, then adapts the cycle to use as little water as possible for the very best result, saving up to 50 per cent in water and time¹. The dishwasher uses just six-litres of water to wash up to 14 place settings.  To achieve its low water consumption, the dishwasher stores and recycles up to three litres. The saved water is filtered and stored in a dedicated tank and is reused in the pre-wash of the next programme.

¹Based on internal testing. Percentage calculated between the minimum and maximum water and time consumption of the 6TH SENSE® programme.

Runner Up:  Whirlpool Supreme Care Washing Machine FSCR 10432

PrecisionClean is a new and innovative technology, incorporating an efficient pre-mixing method, with a powerful jet spray system to save water. The water and detergent, or fabric softener, is sprayed directly onto clothes for the lowest water consumption on the market¹. In addition, the new jet spray system ensures the most thorough cleaning performance on the market² and the best rinsing performance on the market³, particularly important for those with skin allergies. This innovation means that you can save up to 20 litres of water in each programme with corresponding energy savings too.

Notes:

¹On the eco-cotton programme (normative) compared to competitors in the same capacity class, based on the water consumption claimed in the energy label (status 04/2015).
² In the Eco cotton programme, compared to an equivalent Whirlpool washing machine not featuring PrecisionClean (10kg load).

³On cotton 40°C programme, at 80% load on 8kg machine reaching 45 mb NaOH and 100 l water consumption.  Cycle time 3:20 hour plus extra rinse duration vs competition with spray rinse technology. (Based on internal testing status December 2014)

Shortlisted:  Hotpoint Ultima S-Line RPD 10667 washing machine

The Hotpoint Ultima S-Line washing machine boasts a highly efficient ‘A+++-30%’ energy rating thanks to Eco Rain Technology, which unlike a standard washing machine, sprays water onto the top of clothes, rather than filling the drum from the bottom. The machine owes its powerful stain removal to Direct Injection technology, which can remove stains through a pre-mix of water and detergent that creates a cleaning foam, which is injected directly into the wash. As a result, the detergent enzymes are activated faster and penetrate fibres better, delivering a deeper clean at just 20˚C.

Bathroom

Winner:   Propelair 1.5 litre flush toilet

Propelair has developed a new type of water saving toilet system which uses an innovative air-based operating principle and only 1.5 litres of water per flush. Compared to the average commercial washroom toilet, the Propelair toilet can save up to 400,000 litres of water and 419 kgs of CO2 per year.  At average UK water charges this generates annual savings of over £1,200 from each toilet.

In addition to significant water savings which provide a fast payback for customers, the Propelair toilet is more hygienic than conventional toilets as it is proven to remove 99.939 per cent of waterborne contaminants and reduce the creation of aerosolised contaminants by 95 per cent; it has a quick refill which reduces queuing time; it has an excellent performance using a powerful and consistent single air flush; it incorporates an easy-off side hinge system to aid lid removal and cleaning which is much more robust than traditional hinges; and it produces less sewage so less treatment is required, which reduces carbon emissions, and there is less emptying of holding tanks, which saves money.

Runner up:Hydrao:

HYDRAO – the world’s first energy-harvesting smart showerhead.

HYDRAO smart showerheads use patented technology to help users save water and energy in an effortless, enjoyable way. By means of a coloured-LED sequence that changes from green to red (like a traffic light), users understand in real-time how much water they are actually using when showering. The HYDRAO water-saving app also let users track water and energy usage over time and monitor real savings.

The goal is to gently raise awareness and encourage users to consciously change their shower behavioural patterns. This nudge approach helps drive significant water savings – in an enjoyable way and minus the guilt factor.  It’s great for families and teaching children (and parents) eco reflexes.

HYDRAO is simple to install (unscrew old showerhead, screw in HYDRAO in just 30 seconds) and is just as easy to use: turn on the shower and watch the colours change along with your water usage. Users can use the pre-set colours or pick their own colours and thresholds. A survey of our first 1,000 users showed average water savings of 21L per shower or 30 m3 per year – the equivalent of 200€/year for a family of 4 (half water/half energy).

Shortlisted:Multiflap:

The Multiflap MF1 is a unique valve which fits to the discharge pipe at the rear of the toilet, the Multiflap has several uses. Such as, stops cross flow contamination and backflow. Stops light penetration , stops all vermin from coming through the sewer into a property, the valve when fitted will reduce the flush from 6 litres down to 3 litres.

Plumbing

Winner:  Waterblade

Waterblade is a new and proven technology that halves the water consumption of your basin tap by taking a trickle of water and using its surface tension to spread it into a paper-thin sheet of water that gives a remarkably effective, efficient and luxurious hand wash.

Waterblade is more hygienic as it has laminar flow. Engineer designed nozzle that can be retro fitted onto existing taps in both business and domestic settings.

Runner up:AquaReturn:

AquaReturn is an innovative small patented appliance which prevents water from coming out of the tap until it has reached the right temperature, generating major savings for users and society. lt’s easily installed and does not require any piping alterations. It has a mechanism that stops water flowing from the hot water tap and recirculating the water in your existing hot and cold pipes until it has reached a temperature adjustable between the 25 & 35 degrees. It means that the cold and warm water that comes before hot water is not wasted either in showers, washbasin or kitchens with just one device. The sewer system in cities is overfilled and the reservoirs and rivers are overexploited caused by the wasted water in houses.

Shortlisted:WESAVINGS (Waudiot) 

The water saving faucet has the same look and the same functions than a traditional water mixer but it has an additional drain orifice and an internal by-pass controlled by the lever position.

The lever of the water saving faucet controls a fast hot water mini recirculation loop, the fastest way to get hot water ecologically.

– You push the lever down until it locks: the water contained in the hot water pipes is quickly directed to a low pressure expansion tank.

– Within a few seconds the hot water reach the tap and a mini thermostatic element unlocks the lever that automatically returns to neutral, indicating that the hot water is available at the faucet.

-The cold water that was originally present in the hot water pipes and that has been sent to the low pressure expansion tank will automatically be redirected to the water heater inlet via a small automatic diaphragm pump.

For the shower application, the thermostatic faucet controls a loopback circuitry via the shower head, so you can enter under the shower head before opening the tap with no risk to receive a single drop of cold water, thus saving your TIME, WATER and ENERGY.

Garden

Winner:  Watflo Dual Flow Water Diverter; Filter Unit + H20 harverster brainbox

Revolutionary pat app dual flow diverter with filter attachment and h20 harvester brainbox have been designed in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and are to be fitted into homes, industrial and commercial properties throughout the UK and in other countries. Our products promise to reduce water bills for those in the UK on water meters, which is about 37% of our population. Savings can be as high as 55% of domestic water! All our products are manufactured here in the UK. Our products are built to the highest build quality and are designed to BS, EN and ISO standards, including WRAS approved components. The brainbox is a state of the art control box which connects to the water butt/tank and re-distributes the filtered water back into a property for flushing the toilet and for outdoor use such as watering the plants or cleaning the car. The control box is fitted with an intermittent timer and digital display to monitor customer’s savings each day. The water saving inventions of Watflo were installed in a semi-detached house last year and returned a water saving of 15,000 litres over a four week summer period, this included toilet flushing, hosepipe, car and outdoor activities.

Runner up: Watering Pipe

The Wateringpipe, name given to the aboveground water storage container, is designed to replace the downpipe of any building and give access to a stored volume of water. The heights vary as do the volumes of water stored but the footprint remains extremely low. This is why it makes so much sense, particularly in urban areas and places where space is limited.

This advance in water management can be part of the solution to tackling the increase in demand on mains water and the expected higher rainfall intensities. The device, used across a catchment area, will bring a significant increase in the ability to store and attenuate stormwater from hard surface/rooftop run-off. By redirecting stormwater the built environment will have an alternative supply of fresh clean water to be used in toilets, gardens and green space etc. This provides a ecosystem service which will prepare civilization for climate change by building resilience and The information supplied in this document and otherwise is open to Waterwise to share publicly.(K.Frost)

Water Storage

Winner:  Platin/Minimac Pro rainwater harvesting system (EcoPRagency)

The Platin/Minimax Pro rainwater harvesting package from Graf UK is a complete rainwater harvesting (RWH) tank and filter solution that provides a sustainable and reliable non-potable water supply for toilets, washing machines, garden hoses, and more.  The package allows consumers to save up to 50% on mains water use in the home[1] and become more water efficient on a daily basis. As well as lessening the burden on the mains water supply, cutting bills and lowering a home’s environmental impact, the system also diverts stormwater away from the property’s drains – reducing flood risk.  Designed to work in partnership with any Platin RWH tank, Graf UK’s Minimax Pro filter delivers optimum water savings, matched with ultimate ease of installation and minimal maintenance. It feeds filtered rainwater through to the Platin tank for storage and re-use, whilst any debris collected in the filter flows into the property’s drain.[2] This ensures a water yield of more than 95%, whilst still removing foreign objects that would otherwise create blockages. This industry-leading filter efficiency means more rainwater is collected and filtered for reuse, further minimising water wastage.

Runner up: Flushrain

FlushRain is a patented roof located rainwater harvesting system developed in conjunction with Prof. David Butler’s team at Exeter University. It collects rainwater as it passes down the downpipes from the gutter, in reservoirs, and then pumps the rainwater into storage in the roof. The rainwater passes through 3 filters before it goes into the roof tanks and is used to flush toilets. If there is no rainfall there is a backup mains supply to the loft tanks. Any rainwater which passes the downpipe reservoirs goes into a water butt at the bottom of the downpipe. These water butts have solar powered pumps so the rainwater can be used for car washing and garden watering. The roof storage tanks and the water butts are capable of being emptied remotely in anticipation of a significant rainfall event. It could be done as part of an “app” which monitors the stored rainwater, or it could be controlled by the local water company. This will be part of a SUDS system so that the first (approximately) 2,000 litres of rainfall on each house roof do not enter the public drainage systems, but are stored on the property.

Shortlisted: Watering Pipe

The Wateringpipe, name given to the aboveground water storage container, is designed to replace the downpipe of any building and give access to a stored volume of water. The heights vary as do the volumes of water stored but the footprint remains extremely low. This is why it makes so much sense, particularly in urban areas and places where space is limited.

This advance in water management can be part of the solution to tackling the increase in demand on mains water and the expected higher rainfall intensities. The device, used across a catchment area, will bring a significant increase in the ability to store and attenuate stormwater from hard surface/rooftop run-off. By redirecting stormwater the built environment will have an alternative supply of fresh clean water to be used in toilets, gardens and green space etc. This provides a ecosystem service which will prepare civilization for climate change by building resilience and The information supplied in this document and otherwise is open to Waterwise to share publicly.(K.Frost)

Industrial Business

Winner:  Heatsavr (Brenntag)

Heatsavr is a liquid pool cover which, when dosed into a swimming pool, rapidly spreads across the surface of the water, forming an invisible barrier. The barrier slows the evaporation of water from the swimming pool, resulting in less water loss and ultimately less corrosion on metal structures. The reduction in evaporation also places less strain on the dehumidification system, enabling the pool manager to turn down fan speeds and save energy. With reduced evaporation, less incoming water is needed to top up the pool volume and less energy is used in heating the  incoming water.

Manual pool covers are commonly used in the leisure industry to reduce evaporation but many commercial sites have no cover in place, often due to the shape of the pool. In addition, unlike manual pool covers, Heatsavr can be used throughout the day, even when bathers are present in the pool. It is the ideal solution for hotel pools where the management is obliged to keep the pool open all day for guests but where the pool is often empty but remains uncovered.

For the domestic pool owner, Heatsavr is available in 1L bottles or as a 500ml Ecosavr fish.

Runner up: Programmable Sensor with Handheld Programmer (Dart Valley)

The DVS programmable sensor settings can be quickly and easily adjusted using the handheld programmer which has been developed to program the complete range of DVS washroom controls, constantly being upgraded to add more options and features. The programmer is bi-directional meaning it can also read a sensor, allowing your service team or installer to view the settings before changing.
When reading a sensor it will also supply information such as how many operations, how many purges, run time and serial number Etc with upload of real time data to PC via USB. To program a sensor or tap is simple, just point and press. The programmer allows more flexibility for DVS products, for example, when setting a WC sensor you have the option of wave-on or fully automatic operation with dual flush all from the one sensor, in the past this required three different sensors.

Innovation

Winner:  BrighTap (Bwareit)

BwareIT- Startup that develops BrighTap water meter sensor and WMS- Water quality and consumption Monitoring System.
BrighTap IOT water meter can be standalone sensor attached to any standard water tap, pipe or hose and transforms them to a Smart device.

You cannot manage what you cannot measure
There is water crisis all over the world. People are not aware of water consumption and quality. Is this water safe to drink and to use? How many liters are needed to wash a cup or to take a shower?

The BrighTap purpose is to inform in real time of water quality and help user reduce their water bills. BrighTap provides data of water quality and consumed water quantities (water quality index, liters/gallons, temperature, costs, etc.) at all times in a simple and clear manner on the product’s display. This data can be tracked via monitoring system. The target is to increase awareness of water consumption and water quality for households and organizations.

Runner up:  Aqualogic Aquarius Fixed & Mobile Leak Detection System (Aqualogic)

Aqualogic, supported by the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Innovation Team, have successfully trialled the ‘Aquarius’ fixed network leak detection system and ‘iQuarius’ portable leak detection system.  Aquarius is tomorrows leak detection solution enabling the permanent and proactive monitoring of water networks and trace leaks while iQuarius pinpoints exact locations.

The Aquarius fixed system is made up of cellular 3G acoustic sensors which easily attach to the water network underground pipe work, transferring data using 3G via the Cloud a to any dedicated managers GUI.

The software records and analyses acoustic samples during the night from each sensor and using Google Maps overlaid with GIS mapping information graphically shows the pipe network with any Points of Interest (POI) highlighted.

The Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water adapted quickly to the intuitive Aquarius software and easy-to-understand dashboard to identify leak locations, not otherwise detected within the network. The GUI Dashboard allowed the operators to view a geographical visualisation of network with leak alerts, history and monitoring pipe condition trending by leak statistic.

The Aquarius job management system automatically raises job cards for field operatives to rapidly investigate with progress reported via the dedicated App which updated the central hub.

The field teams found the iQuarius mobile leak detection solution to be a highly attractive proposition due to its portability, accuracy and consistency. Ultimately iQuarius is a leak noise correlator, ground microphone, digital listening stick and performance logger all contained on the technicians Smartphone’s via the Aquarius App. Utilising a 3G connection to link to a GIS map, both skilled and unskilled technicians used iQuarius to survey DMA zones whilst recording progress, performance, network sound samples (uploaded to management dashboard) whilst building a unique DMA fingerprint, allowing for enhanced data analysis and online expert support readily available to the field technician.

As the iQuarius is suited to novice or veteran, the technology makes it highly responsive when fast or urgent attention is required, easing the strain on HR, experience and training. Technicians can multi task across the business and the experienced detectors can focus on the job of weeding out those hard-to-find leaks.

Shortlisted:   Leaknet (Quensus)

LeakNet takes advantage of the “Internet Of Things” and introduces water meters, flow sensors and valves to the internet. The device connects to arbitrary sensors or meters fitted within the plumbing network, and remotely monitors water usage in real-time. When a leak or some other anomaly is detected, it immediately alerts the user over the internet. The device can activate a valve to shut off the water supply, so no water damage is caused in the event of a leak. This ability is available from anywhere in the world, even when nobody is not onsite, because leaks and burst pipes can occur at any time. This means that property owners and building managers can have peace of mind knowing that a serious catastrophic event of escape of water will never happen, whilst also making clean water more economic and sustainable.

IT/Communications

Winner:  Hydrao (Smart and Blue)

HYDRAO – the world’s first energy-harvesting smart showerhead.

HYDRAO smart showerheads use patented technology to help users save water and energy in an effortless, enjoyable way. By means of a coloured-LED sequence that changes from green to red (like a traffic light), users understand in real-time how much water they are actually using when showering. The HYDRAO water-saving app also let users track water and energy usage over time and monitor real savings.

The goal is to gently raise awareness and encourage users to consciously change their shower behavioural patterns. This nudge approach helps drive significant water savings – in an enjoyable way and minus the guilt factor.  It’s great for families and teaching children (and parents) eco reflexes.

HYDRAO is simple to install (unscrew old showerhead, screw in HYDRAO in just 30 seconds) and is just as easy to use: turn on the shower and watch the colours change along with your water usage. Users can use the pre-set colours or pick their own colours and thresholds. A survey of our first 1,000 users showed average water savings of 21L per shower or 30 m3 per year – the equivalent of 200€/year for a family of 4 (half water/half energy).

Runner up:   Advizzo behavioural customer engagement (Advizzo)

The Advizzo software platform enables and guides end customers towards more efficient water usage while at the same time helping utilities to become more efficient in their own processes. The core Advizzo platform combines Machine Learning and Behavioural Science to have a positive impact on the end consumers and utilities.
Advizzo platform is based on three pillars:

  1. Application of Behavioural Science on water is unique in the UK. It has been proven that comparison to a neighbour’s consumption influences water use. On that perspective, we have a partnership with the London School of Economics to apply the best practices
  1. Consumption Pattern Analysis: Advizzo software gets data from its Utility clients and then analyses these with external data such as weather forecasts, demographics etc… As a result, the end consumer receives personalised insights and tips to save water. He then starts to engage via the digital channels.
  1. Agility of implementation: It is rapidly implemented, using data transfers and will provide individual usage insights to the Utilities via rapid widgets integration on their existing applications.

Using the Advizzo solution, we can achieve an average of 4 to 7% saving per household and as we use Opt-out engagement, everybody can save Water, Energy and Money.

We also help our Utility partner to solve many Human, Operational and Regulatory issues: – Improve Regulatory Compliance
– Social Impact and Education support for Vulnerable Customer

– Greater Customer Engagement

– Improve Program Participation (Water Audit)

– Reduce Cost to Serve

Shortlisted:    Flowless (Suijin Investments)

Just as you can look at the back of a cereal box and know how many calories it contains, you should be able to consider any building – be it a simple home or a multi-national corporate campus – and know how every drop of water is being used within it, just like you would with any other resource.

Until now, we’ve only had rudimentary tools to understand how our water is being used. Commercial businesses spend 1/4 of the total cost of their water bills on paying for leaks alone – money and water poured down the drain, at a time when water scarcity has never been a more pressing issue. Not knowing where our water is going puts our property and assets at risk, with water damage being a leading insurance claim. Facility managers tell us they’re crossing their fingers, sleeping uneasy at night, hoping their rudimentary flood protection devices don’t fail them and cause catastrophic damage.

In the era of the FitBit, in which we can track every step we take, there’s no reason we should walk around in the dark when it comes to our water. Our vision is to put an end to “finger-crossing” and water waste forever, by empowering you with 21st century solutions to manage your water with award-winning water “fingerprinting” tools.

[1] Based on average domestic mains water use: approx. 35% for toilets, 15% for washing machines, 5%+ for garden / outside use

[2] The Platin / Minimax Pro package is not suitable for properties without drains