Opportunities & Challenges

We are uniquely placed to act as a hub where utility needs and challenges are shared and solved through existing supply chain innovation or academic research. The sector has identified many of these challenges – all shown below and in the UK 2050 water innovation strategy webpage.

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Providing the services society needs, expects and values
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Providing clean water for all
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Protecting and enhancing natural systems
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Delivering resilient infrastructure systems
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Achieving net 
zero carbon
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Taking a whole life approach to responsible consumption and production
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Enabling diverse future-ready people and partnership working
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Spring will run challenges related to the Water Innovation Strategy 2050 themes.

Once you have registered to our platform, you will be asked to select which themes you would like to ‘follow’. When challenges are live under that theme, innovators will be notified and asked whether they would like to submit ideas and solutions to be collectively reviewed by the utilities who have opted into the challenge.

Our first Spring Net Zero Innovation Challenge, focusing on identifying and accelerating innovation to help the UK water industry reach its Net Zero ambition, is now closed. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming challenges!