The five strategic innovation themes

There are five key areas that Ofwat has identified that are big challenges for the sector, which would benefit from additional innovation, expressed in the five strategic innovation themes. Through the competitions, the Innovation Fund will support initiatives that can deliver significant value for customers, society and the environment aligned with one or more of these themes:

  1. Responding and adapting to climate change, including how to meet the sector’s ambition of net-zero emissions.
  2. Restoring and improving the ecological status of our water environments, protecting current and future customers from the impacts of extreme weather and pollution.
  3. Understanding long-term operational resilience and infrastructure risks to customers and the environment, finding solutions to mitigate these in sustainable and efficient ways.
  4. Testing new ways of conducting core activities to deliver wider public value.
  5. Exploring the opportunities associated with open data, stimulating innovation and collaboration, for example, encouraging new business models and service offerings that benefit customers, including those in vulnerable circumstances.

Image recapping the 5 strategic innovation themes. The first image shows hot air balloons above a river with text stating: 1 Responding and adapting to climate change, including how to meet the sector’s ambition of net-zero emissions. The second image shows a man teaching a child to surf on a beach with text stating: 2 Restoring and improving ecological status of our water environments, protecting current and future customers from the impacts of extreme weather and pollution. The third image shows a small child planting a strawberry plant with help from an older person with text stating: 3 Understanding long-term operational resilience and infrastructure risks to customers and the environment, finding solutions to mitigate these in sustainable and efficient ways. The fourth image shows a small child building a tower of blocks with an older man helping them with text stating: 4 Testing new ways of delivering core activities to deliver wider public value. The final fifth image shows 4 small children playing musical instruments with a teacher and text stating: 5 Exploring the opportunities associated with open data, stimulating innovation and collaboration, encouraging new business models and service offerings that benefit customers, including those in vulnerable circumstances.