Meet 30+ organisations innovating in the water sector

09 Feb 2021

We recently put out an open call to organisations innovating in the water sector, or looking at how their innovations could be applied within the water sector to present at the Partnership Brokerage Sessions we held in January 2021.

We invited 31 organisations who aren’t already well established within the water sector in England and Wales to present. You can check out the recordings of the sessions here and view a brief synopsis of what they do below.

Please note, being invited to speak at the Partnership Brokerage Events or being featured below is not an endorsement for any individual, organisation or idea.

Partnership Brokerage Session 2 - 18 January 2021


TellJO aims to actively discover, engage and support vulnerable customers who are struggling or are at risk of struggling to pay their bills. TellJO aims to help water companies deliver a better customer experience, reduce costs related to areas such as arrears and exceed the PR19 regulatory requirements around affordability and vulnerability.

Ben Groves –


Laiwa Communication Ltd

LAIWA provides an automatic meter reading solution. The LAIWA Optical Meter Readers deploys non-intrusively on existing meter infrastructure, connects to the cloud through mobile NB-IoT networks or via local wireless connectivity, sending data to the cloud platform in real-time. The LAIWA Cloud platform provides visibility, reporting and analytics. The system integrates with existing metering, billing, and management systems.

Lars Wallden –


Waterwhelm has developed a patent-pending membrane technology which offers a 35% CAPEX saving compared to reverse osmosis (RO) as it operates at significantly lower pressures. It also utilises 90% less electricity since it is waste-heat driven. A pilot plant treating 10,000 litres of effluent per day is currently being developed and will be ready for commissioning in March 2021.

Alireza Abbasi Monjezi –

Cascade Water Products

Cascade Water Products aims to conserve water wasted in domestic use. Bath and showers account for 35% of a household water use. Aqua Gratis micro domestic greywater system with an integrated SMART meter, built to be carbon negative, captures the bath and shower water, reuses it to flush the toilets, making up to a 45% saving on domestic water consumption.

Carolyn Hogg –


ClearWater Sensors

ClearWater Sensors remotely monitors water quality, generating accurate and continuous data of nitrate, phosphate, iron, pH, and silicate concentration that can be accessed through a web interface. The sensors self-calibrate and self-standardise between measurements without expelling any waste into the environment. The instruments are based on a microfluidic sensing platform that can be adapted to monitor Ammonium, Manganese, or Chlorine.

Paul Wilkinson –



SuperVAWT is a wind turbine technology based on a patented invention intended to improve vertical axis wind turbine performance. Cost savings from the use of SuperVAWT technology can drive down the cost of floating wind. SuperVAWT technology can drive a more productive, efficient, lower impact use of our coastal waters.

James Whinney –


Propelair manufacturers a low water-flush toilet, helping customers reduce costs, their impact on the environment and improve hygiene. Propelair uses air to propel 1.5 litres of water per flush into drains compared to 6-9 litres per flush. It saves money, reduces water, is quick to refill and more hygienic than a conventional toilet, reducing aerosolised germs, including COVID-19, by 95%.

Alex Newman –

Partnership Brokerage Session 3 - 25 January 2021

Satellite Applications Catapult

Catapult’s Remote Sensing technology (satellites) aims to monitor assets and infrastructure systems. The initial focus is to provide intelligence on dam stability with warning systems and modelling for the emergency situations. Catapult would like to build a consortia with water companies to develop dam monitoring pilot project, create the platform and scale capability.

Anastasia Bolton –

Satsense Solutions

Satsense Solutions aims to manage water resources using satellite remote sensing, AI and geospatial analytics. It’s three solutions are: 1) Catchment area management using satellite multispectral and topography data; 2) Water quality assessment using satellite multispectral data; 3) Water budget estimation using satellite derived data. This solution was developed with co-funding from the European Space Agency (ESA).

Pranav Pasari –


Maiple’s Smarter Networks Programme uses AI and ML to reduce energy and maintenance costs while also preventing service disruption and pollution incidents. Existing network data is combined with meteorological forecasts to calculate surface water run-off and then the energy needed to pump that water through the wastewater system. A Demand-side Energy-use Forecast is then calculated.

Bernard Auton –


Imperial College London

Imperial College has developed a water sensing platform with proven simple installation, reliable and accurate sensing capability and remote wireless data acquisition. It provides real-time data on asset performance, energy consumption, leak detection and water quality, and can be integrated with current water network data sets, thus providing a substantially enhanced real time understanding of water distribution networks.

Daryl Williams –

Biomicrogels UK Ltd

Biomicrogel® is a technology for industrial and stormwater cleanup from oils, fats and petroleum products. Benefits include: more efficient petroleum treatment; reduction of reagent cost through dosage optimisation and increase in the reagent speed rate; obtaining the residue of IV hazard class; reduction of the residue amount transferred for disposal / utilisation.

Vadim Zagainov –

Waterhound Futures Ltd

Waterhound Futures develops software for the design, operation and optimisation of wastewater treatment plants, reducing operating costs, increasing asset life and resilience and ensuring regulatory compliance. By optimising systems and processes, savings result from lower OpEx/CapEx and minimisation of water, energy and chemical consumption. The environmental impact is to shrink the water and carbon footprints of operations.

Julie King –

AJEA Products Ltd

AJEA’s Quell barrier system is an autonomous retro-fit flood barrier. This means it’s dependable and reliable in the event of a flood. It runs 24/7, requires no human input to deploy, requires no power, is easy to install and requires minimal maintenance. The solution has significant benefits over current measures which are all require manual installation.

John McGurk –




iShed is an algorithm-based data analytics solution for water quality monitoring in rivers and watersheds. It provides reliable pollution detection and speed of propagation calculations. iShed can connect to any type of surface water quality related data source, real-time or not. iShed has been operating for 3 years, providing reliable contamination detection warnings and eliminating 95% of false positive alarms.

Guy Meiri –

Liverpool John Moores University

LJMU has an innovative design for manholes, created to overcome the challenges associated with the installation of separate sewer systems in narrow streets and hilly regions. The design combines two manholes into one structure with two separate chambers, allowing storm flow and foul flow to pass through the same manhole without mixing.

Alaa Abbas –

8power Ltd

8power have developed a ‘fit & forget’ condition monitoring system. Wireless sensors attached to pumps and motors continuously monitor an asset and track vibration, temperature and other parameters to calculate asset health. They are self-powered using vibration energy harvesting. This maintenance free approach reduces diesel miles to replace batteries as well significantly reducing the use of Lithium in the sensors.

Paul Egan –


FYLD is an AI-powered digital platform that helps utilities to deliver safer and more productive field operations. Field workers capture on-site data then use this data to surface actionable insights related to improving operational performance. FYLD’s approach allows companies to understand the on-site challenges facing their field force then aggregate this knowledge to drive large-scale performance optimisation.

Ross Damerell –

Partnership Brokerage Session 4

Water Wise System

Integrated digital solution for the intelligent management of operations in water networks for water companies by transforming data from communicating sensors (flow, pressure, quality, energy) into knowledge supported in Artificial Intelligence. It generates and identifies abnormal events in order to reduce water wastage, real water losses, NRW, energy wastage and much more.

Joao Mugeiro –


Help To Pay aims to reduce the stress of paying bills for the vulnerable, reduce bad debt for water utilities and improve their relations with customers. It uses AI and ML to flag ‘at risk’ customers then places them on a personalised payment schedule. It will also connect them to relevant support networks such as utility charities.

Chris Moore –

SCUBIC (Gotas Digitais Lda)

SCUBIC uses ML and algorithms to optimise water distribution by predicting real-time water and energy demands. It develops detailed smart digital twins of water networks which use datasets from the network and external sources such as weather and demographic & economic data. SCUBIC also uses information on energy supply and prices to optimize the operation costs of pumps and valves.

Bruno Abreu –


Plutoshift’s GROUNDED platform uses AI and ML for proactive and predictive performance monitoring. Plutoshift works with clients to define specific pain points and design a phase one proof of concept (PoC) to validate outcomes. Core to what we do is data and automating the manual effort to extract actionable insights out of clients data that they can actually use.

John Hoholik –  



Systems’ Coaching

Systems’ Coaching aims to enable matrix type organisations to be more effective during systemic change and uncertainty. It originated originated during the AMP 2 capital programme in response to problematic wastewater projects and strategic programmes. The approach has been developed, piloted and refined for over 20 years and a blueprint has been articulated in a book published in December 2020.

Glyn Owen –

Fracta Inc.

Fracta uses ML to assess the condition and risk of water distribution mains with more than 150 kinds of geographical & environmental factors. Fracta helps utilities prioritise pipe renewal, reduce the water loss/bursts, do budget prioritisation and educate key stakeholders on the true cost and risk of their ageing infrastructure.

Shawn Lo –

Atkins, British Geological Survey and Morgan Sindall

Dig To Share aims to help the construction industry work together to share ground investigation data. 80% of borehole data is missing from the records and 50% of project delays are cause by not understanding the ground conditions. We look to understand current processes, mine historical data, digitise this information and  set up a Data Sharing Agreements.

Steve Thorpe –

BuntPlanet SL

Software to detect and pre-locate leaks using pressure data, hydraulic model simulation and AI. Predictions are then compared with reality and, in the event of an anomaly, hydraulic simulation is run to pre-locate leaks. The system will detect: Leaks; Breaches between sectors; Anomalous pressure changes; Transmission errors; Sensor failures; Quality risks (given that quality measurements: chlorine, pH, etc.); Asset failure.

Jose Teixeira –

Nijhuis Industries UK

Nijhuis performed research into the removal of micropollutants with ozone followed by a biological filter for additional nitrogen and phosphorus removal. A pilot installation was placed at the municipal wastewater treatment plant Winterswijk, the Netherlands. The majority of the micropollutants were effectively removed with an average removal of more than 80% at the pilot, depending on the ozone dosage.

Eddie Broeders –


Aquamonitrix ® is a real-time nitrate and nitrite analyser with lab quality accuracy in the field. Its advantages compared with existing analysers include stable calibration, no biofouling, capable of handling effluent streams, compact size and portability, ease of installation, use and servicing, low lifetime costs. To summarise, Aquamonitrix® makes high-frequency, accurate real-time nitrate and nitrite monitoring affordable, practical and simple.

Eoin Murray –

Living Water Ecosystems Ltd.

Living Water designs strategies for catchment management which involve a combination of prevention and treatment measures. The strategy includes the identification of the key upstream sources of surface water entering the foul sewer. Living Water would then design the best natural ways to attenuate and treat these surface water sources, providing amenity and habitat creation while preventing CSOs occurring downstream.

Carole Egner –


Kobus’ trenchless pipe pulling technique removes and replaces service pipes up to 36mm OD. It will work on all material types including poly, steel, lead and copper. Set up and pulling time can be as short as 30 minutes thus minimising customer disruption. The solution is widely adopted in USA and is being used by Wessex Water in the UK.

Simon MacDonald –

Electro Scan

Electro Scan’s technology detects leaks even when they’re not occurring at the time. It determines accurate location, measurement and flow of potential defects within a pipe. Defects are automatically located and measured in litres per minute. Results are immediate, require no third-party data interpretation and it scans several hundred metres per day with a small team.

Chuck Hansen –

More about the Partnership Brokerage Events

Partnership Brokerage Session 1 recording - the problems water companies are looking for solutions to


Innovation in Water Challenge

Partnership Brokerage Sessions 2,3 & 4 - Hear from potential partner organisations


Innovation in Water Challenge