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Leading Utilities of the World Innovation Network is Launched at the Global Water Summit 2017 in Madrid, Spain

Parul Dubey on May 19, 2017 - in Water

At the recent Global Water Summit in Madrid a celebration of outstanding utility innovation took place. This was the first meeting of the Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW); six new members were inaugurated into the network, ratified by the Advisory Board. The LUOW is a group of public sector utilities who, having been scrutinised by an Advisory Board, are acknowledged as some of the most innovative utilities in the world. Initiated by the Global Water Leaders Group (GWLG), the LUOW aims to promote innovation within utilities and communication between utilities.

What happened in Madrid?

  • Each prospective new utility member presented their innovations and future plans for innovation to the Advisory Board and an audience of Global Water Leaders.
  • The Advisory Board provided structured feedback on the new members’ future plans at roundtables.
  • Advisory Board members and the new members of the LUOW were presented with the iconic ‘Golden Tap’ trophy at the 2017 Global Water Awards to commemorate their membership of LUOW.

The GWLG is excited to launch this new initiative and work alongside these exceptional utilities to promote performance and innovation. “The launch event in Madrid has truly started a ripple effect throughout the water utilities sector,” said Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group. “It is a space where utilities doing remarkable and innovative things can shine a light on their achievements, share their experiences, and get involved in an ongoing conversation about how to do things even better – because we always perform better when we work together.”

Advisory Board to the Leading Utilities of the World:

  • Chair of the Advisory Board: Howard Neukrug, Senior Advisor, Global Water Leaders Group
  • DC Water, USA (represented in Madrid by Biju George, Chief Operating Officer)
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, USA (represented in Madrid by Kevin Shafer, Executive Director)
  • Waterworks Bureau of City of Kitakyushu, Japan (represented in Madrid by Kiyama Satoshi, Executive Director, Water Service Deptartment)
  • Water Corporation, Australia (represented in Madrid by Sue Murphy, Chief Executive Officer)
  • Public Utilities Board, Singapore (represented in Madrid by Peter Ng, Chief Executive)
  • Waternet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

New Members Inaugurated in Madrid:

  • Budapest Waterworks, Hungary (represented in Madrid by Csaba Haranghy, Head)
  • South East Water, Australia (represented in Madrid by Lucia Cade, Chair)
  • Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, USA (represented in Madrid by Kishia Powell, Commissioner)
  • VCS Denmark (represented in Madrid by Mads Leth, Chief Executive Officer)
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), USA (represented in Madrid by Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer)
  • K-water, Republic of Korea (represented in Madrid by Won Choel Park, Vice President of Overseas Business)


Get Involved

Are you interested in nominating a utility for membership? Are you interested in sponorship opportunities? Visit www.leadingutilities.org or email contact@leadingutilities.org for more information.

The Global Water Leaders Group (http://www.globalwaterleaders.org/) brings together the CEOs of water utilities and agencies to address the world’s water issues.The group publishes news of its activities every month in GWI Magazine, in collaboration with Global Water Intelligence (GWI).


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