Ealing Council and ADSM were runners-up in the ‘Business & Industry’ category at this year’s Water Efficiency Awards.

The judges commended them for the outstanding savings in both water and costs that they have already realised in just the first year of the AquaFund programme.

The Environment Agency and Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Awards are the most high profile awards scheme in the UK to recognise exceptional water efficiency achievements. The Awards were held at the green WWF Living Planet Centre.

Ealing’s partnership with the AquaFund scheme has seen the Borough reduce its water consumption by 33% (74 million litres) and its water bill by £150,000 per annum for the past two years.

AquaFund provided the Borough with all the finance and resources necessary in order to reduce its water consumption and achieve financial savings; including the full grant, consultancy services, site audits and state-of-the-art water saving technologies, together with water data and tariff analysis, bill validation, services and on-going monitoring.

Along with consumption and financial savings the Borough has reduced its CO2e, as well as helping thousands of people out of water poverty through the fund’s partnership with charity WaterAid.

ADSM Chief Executive Patrick McCart said:

“The savings that the AquaFund scheme delivers, combined with the fact that it doesn’t cost our partners a penny, can sometimes seem too good to be true. I’m delighted that the Water Efficiency Awards have recognised just what we can achieve.”

Buoyed by this success, the Borough is collaborating with ADSM on further initiatives to achieve even greater savings in consumption, cost and environmental impacts.