South Bank water provider named Utility of the Year

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Dec 2018

Anglian Water has been named Utility of the Year at the Utility Week Awards.

The water company won the top honour at what is described as the gold standard of achievement for the sector.

The much-coveted awards motivate, celebrate and reward outstanding performance and innovation. 

Anglian Water impressed the panel of experts in the rigorous two-stage judging process with its strong leadership record, business transformation, long-term planning and all-round performance. Judges praised the company for being on the ‘front foot' in tackling some of the biggest issues facing utility companies today, such as climate change and population growth.

Peter Simpson, chief executive for Anglian Water said: "We're extremely proud to be named Utility of the Year 2018. This award is a testament to all the hard work of our staff, partners and suppliers over the last 12 months. 

"Water, along with other utilities, is vital in powering our region's businesses and local economy, and in the East of England we face some unique challenges; being the driest, but fastest growing region in the UK.

"On top of that it's been a challenging year; with extremes in weather from a freezing winter, to a long, dry summer, both of which we've managed without compromising service to our customers."

It comes after a £6.5 billion investment programme for the next five years was announced in September, with hundreds of millions to be spent across northern Lincolnshire.

The huge spend on infrastructure includes £100 million to build new water treatment capacity in Grimsby and at Elsham, to increase resilience to droughts. It will come as nearly double that will be invested in a county-wide scheme to create new interconnecting pipes that can move water around the region wherever and whenever needed.

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There will also be an £11 million project to protect the Anglian Water raw water borehole from agricultural pollution in Irby, described as an essential source for drinking water, as well as a £7 million spend on a new bio-digester at Grimsby’s Pyewipe Sewage Treatment Works. This will convert sewage into soil fertiliser for farms, while generating clean energy too.

Mr Simpson added: "Anglian Water has been leading the way in tackling some of the most pressing issues in our industry.  This year we've made a pledge to tackle plastic waste across the East of England, launched state-of-the-art technology to drive down leakage even further, concluded our biggest ever consultation with our customers, issued a second Green Bond to generate sustainable finance for the future, and been awarded first place in the water industry league for customer service by our regulator.

"This award is a fantastic end to 2018, but we won't stop striving to be better; we'll continue to do even more for our customers, businesses and the environment in 2019 and beyond."

Anglian Water also recently beat the likes of Google, Ikea and Apple to be named the UK's best place to work in a list compiled by employer review site Glassdoor.

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