One of the largest NHS Trusts in England, Imperial College Healthcare, teamed up with water experts ADSM to win the renowned water efficiency award at the NHS Sustainability awards last night. The prestigious award ceremony was held at Imperial College, London and herald a record breaking turnout of both guests and entries.

Imperial Health staved off some fierce competition in the category with their collaborative water management performance project enabled by the AquaFund. To win the award ADSM and Imperial College Healthcare had to clearly demonstrate that their project had a positive impact on the environment, reduced costs, cut CO2 emissions and that the project was a combined and supportive collaboration.

The AquaFund – a unique grant offered to public sector organisations to reduce their water usage – enabled Imperial College Healthcare to install cutting edge water efficiency technology, provide qualified consultancy, carry out in depth site surveys, analyse water and tariff data and deliver industry leading bill validation services – all at no capital cost to Imperial College Healthcare.

Having already achieved a year on year saving of 20%, equating to 460 million litres of water, ADSM and Imperial Healthcare have proven themselves as leaders in water efficiency throughout the public healthcare sector. Winning the award for water efficiency at the NHS Sustainability awards underpins this and demonstrates their commitment to saving water, reducing cost and positively impacting the environment.

Along with significant savings, the AquaFund also donates a percentage of its revenue on behalf of the Imperial College Healthcare to charity, WaterAid. This year alone the Trust has helped contribute to 85,500 people gaining access to clean, safe water in Zambia – supporting Imperial Healthcare’s Social Sustainability agenda and contributing to ADSM’s mission to take 5 million people out of water poverty.

Overall the NHS Sustainability awards were a fantastic celebration of the efforts happening across the NHS to drive efficiency and innovation and of organisations taking significant steps together towards a more efficient and sustainable National Health Service.