Warrington-based water company United Utilities is the only UK firm in a new international partnership to promote innovation in the water industry around the world.

The ino3W partnership aims to enable new water technologies to be tried, tested and brought onto the market in up to ten different countries. Ultimately, the new partnership will help drive operational efficiency and asset management improvement for water companies worldwide.

Through the partnership, United Utilities will gain first access in the UK to the latest innovations in the water sector.

Kieran Brocklebank, Head of Innovation at United Utilities, explained why the company had become involved: “This is exactly what our Innovation Team should be doing – being at the forefront of testing new technologies and making them work for us is an exciting challenge.”

In addition, as an early technology adopter, United Utilities expects to share in the royalties generated from future technology sales both in the UK and other international markets.

The company’s Business Development Director, Jonathan Hodgkin, said: “Helping new technologies to reach new markets is good business for us and will help us to keep delivering an efficient service to our customers."

ino3W CEO, Mr Shai Schechter, commented: ”This is a great opportunity and the beginning of what promises to be an important milestone for the UK water industry regarding perception of water technology.”

ino3W is the first global water technology ‘jump-start validation accelerator’ where technology validators are leading global water utilities. Its main objective is to increase operational efficiency and asset management improvement by advancing the global market take-up of ‘game-changing’ water technologies through partnerships with leading global water utilities. The organisation is structured on three key operational pillars: a global network of ‘early adopters’; an ‘Innovation elevation bridge’ from proof of concept to early market adopters; and a ‘fast track’ water technology time-to-market accelerator.

Mr Schecter continued: “We believe that future cooperation between United Utilities and ino3W, will yield more UK driven water technologies development, given the opportunity for faster commercialisation acceleration. ino3W offers UK driven technologies an opportunity to cooperate with a select group of progressive global water partners and taking advantage of a revolutionary validation and commercialization approach.”

ino3W has also teamed up with the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) to increase market access for EU water technology developers and provide progressive water utilities with validated technologies.

Photo: Kieran Brocklebank, Head of Innovation, United Utilities