Portsmouth team wins WaterAid global innovation award

Six staff from Portsmouth Water have beaten off international competition to win a prestigious WaterAid award for innovation.

The Portsmouth team took home the regional overall winner for best team for Europe and North America award, as one of three successes in the charity’s Winnovators Awards. This was against 30 other teams from the UK, USA, India and Australia. The teams had to overcome a water, sanitation or hygiene-focused problem in India using innovative thinking and fresh creative skills.

The Portsmouth team, called the Portsmouth Water Tigers, developed a multimedia toolkit for children aged between six and 14 in India to teach and develop their knowledge on hygiene. The toolkit consisted of three different lesson plans, a top trumps style card game, a hand washing technique and an implementation plan.

Managing director of Portsmouth Water, Neville Smith (pictured), said: “This team were up against teams from much larger organisations and resources, so to find that they were named regional winners for Europe and America is just fantastic. This is an outstanding and unique achievement. We are all very proud of what they achieved and this recognition is well deserved for the effort and imagination the team put into this initiative.”

Elsewhere in the awards, the Portsmouth group won the best social media category and came runner up in the best community approach category.