Industry Leadership Awards

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American Water (Voorhees, NJ) for taking a proactive approach to leveraging expertise and its large and geographically diverse footprint to become an early adopter of new technologies. The Innovation Development Process (IDP) fills a vital need to seek innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions for all water utilities. It combines research and development, technical expertise, and infrastructure assets from both internal and external business partners to create greater efficiencies in areas of drinking water, water reuse, desalination, wastewater, and bio-energy. The IDP provides a conduit for innovators to allow technologies to be evaluated and to accelerate the adoption and market penetration of products or services that help solve pressing needs within the industry. American Water uses this program to seek out, vet, validate, develop, and deploy water industry-related innovations that have potential commercial value. Through the IDP, American Water is bringing new solutions and technologies to the marketplace. Since the program's inception in 2009, approximately 400 ideas have been reviewed and several have proceeded to pilot testing and the preparation of a business case.