RAI Amsterdam | 6 - 9 November 2023

Aquatech Innovation Award

Innovations at Aquatech Amsterdam

For many years now, the Aquatech Innovation Award has been granted to the most innovative product, service or solution in the water industry. The winner will be selected from a line-up of top-notch innovative technologies, most of them world firsts, by an expert jury. The contenders compete for the overall title, and the winner will be revealed during the opening ceremony on 1 November.

Read more about the winners of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2021.

We will announce on this website and on our social media accounts when the registration for the Aquatech Innovation Award 2023 is open!

Aquatech Innovation Award Overall Winner 2021


An autonomous robot that can help utilities map infrastructure and detect faults in drinking water pipes has been crowned the Overall Winner of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Award. The development by Submerge is a result of multiple stakeholders, including Vitens, Brabant Water and Evides.

Known as ‘Autonomic Inspection Robot – Submerge’, the robot can help to detect leaks, corrosions and even be used to map pipe networks to eventually help create a digital twin.

Read Jury Report

Overall Winner Innovation Awards 2021

Category winners announced

A total of 12 innovative technologies were nominated from over 50 entries by an expert jury. Category winners and the overall winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2021 were revealed at the opening ceremony of Aquatech Amsterdam.

The category winners are:

  • Wastewater Treatment: CLC for decentralised water provision - Nijhuis Saur Industries & Semilla Sanitation
  • Transport and Process & Control: Live KEY - Hawle Service GmbH.
  • Innovation - not yet to market: Autonomic Inspection Robot - Submerge
  • Water Supply: BIO-310 UV LED Reactor - Typhon Treatment Systems Ltd.
  • Green Chemicals for Water: Wasser 3.0 detect | remove | reuse - Wasser 3.0 GmbH

Launching the Aquatech Community Award

Besides the official Jury, water tech professionals can now also vote for their own favourite innovation – the popular vote. The entry with the highest number of votes receives the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award.

Aquatech Community Award goes to...

For the first time in the history of the Innovation Award, the Aquatech Community Award was organised. Next to the official Jury, water tech professionals voted for their own favourite innovation – the popular vote. The nominee with the highest number of votes is Nijhuis Saur Industries & Semilla Sanitation for 'CLC for decentralised water provision', they are the winner of the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award.

Editha Hoogenberg-Derksen, Director Aquatech Amsterdam, added: “Innovation is always centre stage at Aquatech Amsterdam and our Innovation Awards embody this. We’re so proud of the number of entries this year. Congratulations to all of the winners!”

All nominees can be found in the InnovationLAB in Hall 5.

Aquatech Innovation Award Categories

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Water Supply (Drinking Water, Clean Water Point of Use / Point of Entry)
  • Transport and Process & Control
  • Green Chemicals for Water Technology – new category
  • Innovation – not to market yet

The entries will be judged on 3 criteria

  • Originality
  • Practicality (technical, economical, feasibility)
  • Sustainability (environment, security, energy and efficiency)

The Aquatech Innovation Award jury consists of

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. W.M. de Vos (TU Twente)
  • Ir. P. Kamp (PUM Netherlands Senior Experts)
  • Dr. Ir. Wilbert van de Ven EMBA (Grundfos Holding A/S)
  • Drs. H.J. Gastkemper (Stichting RIONED)
  • Dr. Ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell Global Solutions)
  • Ir. C.A. Uijterlinde (STOWA)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education)
  • Prof. Drs. J.S. Vrouwenvelder, PhD (KAUST King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Aquatech Innovation Dinner

The Oscars of the Water Technology Industry

Join us at the Aquatech Innovation Dinner, immediately following the official Opening Ceremony, for a three course meal including drinks to celebrate innovation and the sharpest and most creative minds in the industry. Invite your senior management or high level customers to join you at this outstanding networking opportunity.

Date: 5 November 2023
Time: 19:00 – 22:30 hrs
Location: RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre – Europa Foyer (entrance G)

The proceeds of the AquaRun go to: AMREF, WaterStarters

Aquatech is committed to creating a healthier future for all of us. In light of this principle, the proceeds of the AquaRun registration fees (€25) will be donated to AMREF WaterStarters, to support their projects in Kenya.

WaterStarters in Kenya

This program creates sustainable water solutions for rural and peri-urban communities in Kenya. In Kenya, 1 out of 3 people drink water from unprotected sources leading to waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death of children under 5 years. In rural households, girls and women are 6 times more likely to fetch water than men, walking up to 12 km per day. This negatively effects school attendance and performance, and prohibits women to channel time and resources to other productive activities. The spread of Covid-19 results in growing inequalities, underlining the importance of water and hygiene for all. Amref believes that every human being should have access to safe and affordable drinking and household water and that no one should suffer from waterborne diseases. Our ambition is to radically improve this situation for 1.5 million Kenyans in water-stressed areas in the coming 7 years.

WaterStarters is a franchise that renovates and builds 600 water supply systems, each of them designed together with the community to match their specific needs. WaterStarters offers private operators and communities (franchisees) the opportunity to own and manage a successful water business, providing them with access to funding for the initial investment.

Watch the animation video over WaterStarters via this link and read more in the attached 2-pager.

AMREF Waterstarters AquaRun