Winners of the 2015 Australian Water Association (AWA) Western Australian Water Awards have been announced.

The AWA Water Awards are presented by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation and recognises the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water sector.

The 2015 winners include the Department of Water with a Program Innovation Award for their Rural Water Plan and Water Professional of the Year, Mike Harold.

Water Corporation and Downer also won the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for the Pilbara Clearwater Alliance while Essential Environmental won the Conservation and Efficiency Award for their Canning City Centre Arterial Drainage Plan.

Other winners include the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia, the Department of Water, Department of Water and South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare, Luke Murphy from Murdoch University and Ben Mitchell, Jacobs.

WA Water Minister, Mia Davies, has praised the winners and said they highlighted the commitment by government, industry bodies and the community to keep pace with the need for innovative water solutions.

“The range and quality of this year’s entries has been remarkable,” Ms Davies said.

“They have ranged from young water professionals forging their careers by driving water awareness in the community, to collaborative approaches to achieving excellence in infrastructure design and development across the State.”

Ms Davies said the number of joint projects with the State Government’s water agencies highlighted the partnerships that were being formed with government to achieve benefits for the entire community.

“The State Government is committed to working with the private sector to deliver on our plan for managing Western Australia’s water needs to the highest standards,”

“To achieve this, every one of us has a role to play in championing the waterwise message, while continuing to evolve and transform our thinking towards enduring water security,” Ms Davies said.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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