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Awards and testimonials

Here are just a few of our awards and client testimonials

Winners - MOD Sanctuary & Energy Awards, 2012

The MoD Sanctuary and Energy Awards Ceremony is a prestigious event to recognise efforts that benefit wildlife, heritage, public access, environmental improvements or community awareness of conservation on land and property that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) owns or uses in the UK and overseas. At the ceremony at MoD headquarters in Whitehall on 16 October, attended by the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minster for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans and members of Defence Infrastructure Organisation Management Board; members of the two projects initiated by KWS Defence: at Loe Pool in Cornwall and Llyn Penrhyn in Anglesea, were thrilled to be awarded winners in the "Environmental Project" category.

The aim of these two projects has been to find the real impact of sewage discharges on the aquatic environment at both Loe Pool and Llyn Penrhyn. KWS Defence has been working with a number of organisations and the MoD to find information which can be used to manage the sewage treatment works in the most environmentally friendly way, and to ensure that all of the partners involved are happy with the outcome.

Loe Pool

Loe Pool is Cornwall's largest natural freshwater body and has six tributaries, one of which receives flow from RNAS Culdrose STW. The Loe Pool Forum deals with many different conservation matters concerning the lake, one of which is the increased phosphorous levels. A technical working group was set up comprising KWS Defence, the Environment Agency, the Navy, the National Trust, and the local council. A year-long program of water quality and flow sampling from the six tributaries was successful in gathering data which showed the levels of nutrients flowing into the lake, and the relative importance of each source. The data has been used in 2012 by the EA to model various options for the phosphorous consent at the sewage treatment works.

Llyn Penrhyn

Llyn Penrhyn is a small lake in Anglesey next to RAF Valley. In 2010 the Llyn Penrhyn Conservation Group proposed that all stakeholders work together on a year-long data gathering exercise to get impartial information which could be used to decide on proper management of the lake's inputs. Members of the group are KWSD, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), the MoD, the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the Environment Agency Wales. Bangor University has also become involved, in the form of SEACAMS (a marine research group with EU funding which includes Universities at Swansea and Aberystwyth).

The partnering approach taken at Loe Pool and Llyn Penrhyn demonstrates what can be achieved when different organisations work together in pursuit of a positive environmental outcome. We are thrilled that the working groups are receiving this award as it reinforces the strengths of collaboration.

MOD Awards


RoSPA Awards 2013

The RoSPA Awards have been recognising excellence in health and safety for over 50 years and gives companies the opportunity to prove their commitment to raising standards. This year we are delighted to announce that KWS (Alpha), KWS (Core) and KWS (Defence) were all given a Gold Award, a fantastic achievement that demonstrates very high level of performance, well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss. The below picture shows Jon Tait, KWS (Core), Trina Atkinson, KWS (Defence) and Malachy Casey, (KWS) Alpha with their awards.

RoSPA Awards

Winners - Kelda Group Business Excellence Awards 2011 

This year's Business Excellence Awards presentation evening on 22 September brought together 400 colleagues at Saviles Hall, Leeds to celebrate some of the finest achievements across the Kelda Group; KWS, Yorkshire Water, Loop, Keyland and Safe-Move.  It was a great night for KWS (Alpha) who won top prize in both the World Class Asset Management and Society award categories.

Running the UK's only PPP contract for bulk supply of water requires the very best asset management and key to KWS Alpha's win in this category was our condition based monitoring system (CBM).  This consists of control panels, processing units and 298 sensors, which feed data from a pump or blower, enabling colleagues to make decisions on asset usage based on risk.  Vibration signals are also used to monitor the type and severity of any faults before they become costly, while a new portable tool has helped identify faulty bearings on smaller motors that would otherwise have been missed.  KWS Alpha is now developing an investment programme that covers its entire pumping database, preventing asset failures and maximising asset life.

Business Excellence

Creating an important wildlife haven from former sludge lagoons helped KWS Alpha triumph in the Society category.  A three year project saw us play a leading role in turning the land at Moyola Water Treatment Works - part of an Area of Special Scientific Interest - into a regionally important nature reserve.  As well as working in close partnership with Northern Ireland Water and other environmental and community groups, local primary school pupils were involved in designing bird and bat nesting boxes for the reserve which has created a lasting environmental legacy for the surrounding area.

"This project involved real partnership to create something which is tremendously beneficial for the local community.  It's been a great night for Kelda Water Services" Kelda Chief Executive Richard Flint

Winners - Utility Industry Achievement Award, 2010

Kelda Water Services (Defence), together with three partners who keep Britain's military bases supplied with water, scooped a national utility award for supply chain excellence by working together to smash government targets for reducing water consumption more than a decade ahead of schedule.

The Aquatrine Supplier Association, a partnership between Defence Estates, Kelda Water Services, C2C Services and Veolia Water Nevis delivers water and waste water services for most Ministry of Defence sites across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Aquatrine met Government targets to cut water consumption by 25 per cent by the year 2020 in 2009 - some eleven years early.

Now Team Aquatrine has been recognised in the national utility industry awards, edging out excellent short-listed entries from competitors Drax Power; Severn Trent Water; Thames Water and UK Power Networks to scoop the Supply Chain Excellence award for demonstrating to the utility industries just what can be achieved by partners working closely together to meet and exceed really challenging targets.

Utility Industry Award

Pictured above are representatives from Defence Estates, C2C Services, Veolia Water Nevis and Kelda Water Services (Defence) receiving their award from Utility Week Editor; Janet Wood, sponsors; Trimble and entertainer Bobby Davro.

Winner of Utilities Infrastructure Award 2009

KWS Alpha wins the coveted Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Construction Excellence Awards.

"The completion of this project ahead of time and on budget is good news for customers. It safeguards water supplies, ensuring that new water quality benchmarks are met.  It is a critical part of our overall investment programme." NIW Chief Executive, Sept. 2009

Northern Ireland Water Drinking Water Quality Report for 2009.

"The 2009 report shows that our ongoing investments in water treatment, storage and watermains have led to the delivery of the best ever drinking water quality to our customers. The increase in compliance this year is largely due to the targeted capital investment to upgrade five major water treatment works under the £110 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project, called PPP Alpha. This has contributed to the significant improvement in Total Trihalomethanes (THMs) compliance." NIW Director of Asset Management, George Butler , July 2010