NSW Awards

The Australian Water Association offers a range of awards at both state and national levels which play an important role in promoting excellence and the contribution our members make to the community. Find out more about the NSW Awards below.

NSW Awards

The Australian Water Association NSW Branch Awards promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

Along with the prestige of being recognised as ‘the best in New South Wales’ winners of a number of the NSW Water Awards will automatically be entered into the equivalent Australian Water Awards category, which are presented at Ozwater each year. 

Help us to recognise the contributions to the water industry by nominating yourself, your organisation or someone else. 

2019 NSW Water Awards - Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2019 NSW Water Awards Winners. The winners of this year's NSW Water Awards will automatically be entered into the equivalent National Australian Water Awards category, which will be presented this year at Ozwater’19 in Melbourne on 7-9 May 2019.


Program Innovation Award
Energy Master Plan – Sydney Water

The Energy Master Plan Program provides the long-term vision and direction for delivering customer-focused energy management and fit-for-purpose assets. It balances risk, cost and performance to maximise value for Sydney Water’s customers for generations to come.

Research Innovation Award
R2T2 Rapid Response Robot – For the Non-Destructive Inspection and Assessment of Critical Water Mains – University of Technology Sydney and Sydney Water

R2T2 is a world-first end to end robotic solution to address a global issue by preventing multiple pipe failures in the same geographic area. This new technology gives Sydney Water the ability to quickly assess pipe quality at the point of failure to prevent future breaks and reduce costs.

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Green Square Stormwater Drainage Project – City of Sydney and Sydney Water

To ensure liveability and accessibility for its thriving future communities, a new 2.4 km stormwater drainage system was built in partnership by Sydney Water and the City of Sydney. The project is a showcase of the way urban water resources should be utilised and managed in an uncertain environment where climate change plays an increasing role in efficient management of this most precious resource.

Student Water Prize
Real-time Monitoring of Cyanobacteria: Validation of Fluorometers as a Tool for Optimising Treatment Processes – Florence Choo, University of New South Wales

Florence is a final year engineering PhD student at UNSW and was a visiting research student at SA Water. Florence is the recipient of the Water RA Nancy Millis Scholarship award and the UNSW Women in Engineering Award. Her work focuses on monitoring cyanobacteria in real-time for drinking water processes.

Young Water Professional of the Year Award (sponsored by Monadelphous)
Dr Yulia Shutova, Professional Water Engineer, AECOM

Yulia has over 10 years’ experience in water and wastewater infrastructure planning and design. Yulia’s passion for the water industry is evident through her leadership of fundraisers, her active involvement as an AWA committee member and her knowledge sharing with future water professionals. She is also an accomplished researcher and has published a dissertation and over 10 journal and conference articles in collaboration with water utilities, research organisations and universities.

Highly Commended:
Ronica Koey, Communication and Engagement Advisor, Sydney Water

Ronica is a true advocate of the water sector, a born innovator and a natural leader. Ronica has not only contributed professionally by promoting, protecting and engaging the sector, but her passion and drive to make a difference at Sydney Water and beyond is infectious.

Water Professional of the Year Award
(sponsored by TRILITY)
Kevin Young, Managing Director, Sydney Water

Over his 38-year career in the water industry, Kevin has become a truly accomplished industry leader. Most notably he has successfully led Sydney Water’s transformation from an asset-focused utility to being customer-centric which has seen the utility’s reputation amongst its customers reach an all-time high. 

Kevin champions many programs and projects within Sydney Water, including the Keep Wipes out of Pipes campaign which became an international phenomenon. He is currently the Chair of the WSAA Utility Excellence Committee and a Director of WaterAid Australia.

Highly Commended:
Kurt Dahl, Managing Director, Permeate Partners

With over 20 years’ experience, Kurt is a long-term advocate of local water solutions, with a suite of award-winning projects embedding water awareness into the community. Kurt’s contribution to the water sector is exceptional, extending well beyond the market-leading innovation his own business offers. 

Kurt is an exceedingly generous person, persistently contributing leadership and vision, as well as a great deal of action (time, money and knowledge) to charities, industry forums and ongoing development and growth of the local water sector.

Previous Winners 

Find out more about previous winners here.

For queries about the NSW Awards please contact:

Tanya Cameron
P: 02 9436 0055
E: tcameron@awa.asn.au