Teams shortlisted for prestigious Water Industry Awards

Irish Water has been shortlisted in six categories for the prestigious Water Industry Awards, which celebrate excellence across the water sector in Ireland and Britain.

Irish Water teams are finalists in a range of categories, spanning water and wastewater treatment, drought response, health and safety, operational planning, and female project leadership.

These include the Women in Water Initiative of the Year for the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Project. This project, which was noteworthy for the prominent role of women in the project team, has benefited 13,000 people in South Sligo by providing a safe, secure water supply and enabling the lifting of a long-running Boil Water Notice in the area.

Irish Water was also shortlisted for its response to the widespread drought during summer 2020 and the utility’s world-leading Certified Water Stewardship Programme for businesses.

Two of Irish Water’s contracting partners, Glan Agua and Coffey Construction, have also been shortlisted for their work on Irish Water projects.

Niall Gleeson, Managing Director of Irish Water, said: “This achievement reflects the outstanding commitment and effort that Irish Water, our people, our contractors and partners in the Local Authorities put in every day to deliver a safe and secure water supply, protect our environment and support economic development.

The Water Industry Awards, now in their fifteenth year, recognise excellence in innovation, best practice and customer service across UK and Irish water companies and their supply chains. Last year, Irish Water won an award in the Asset Optimisation Initiative of the Year category for its sustainable sludge management project in Co Kilkenny.

This year’s virtual awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, 27th May. The full list of Irish Water finalists is as follows:

  • Asset Optimisation Initiative of the Year

Complete Plant Optimisation at Ennis North Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Customer Initiative of the Year

Irish Water Certified Water Stewardship Programme

  • Drinking Water Initiative of the Year

Drought Response 2020: Low cost resilient solutions delivered in short time frame to secure water supply

  • Rising Star of the Year

Lourda Casserly, Operational Planning Lead

  • Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

Safety Leadership Conversations (SLC) Program

  • Women in Water Initiative of the Year

The Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Project – Prominent Role of Women within the Project Team.

For information about the Water Industry Awards 2021 see

For details on Irish Water’s projects throughout Ireland, see