Creative Disruptive Innovation to transform the water industry

CSC Services attended a workshop in London this week to identify the ‘disruptive innovations’ the water sector requires over the next 50 years in order to achieve its vision of clean water for all in a perfectly sustainable system.

Organised by the TWENTY 65 research project, the workshop brought together water companies, the supply chain and academic researchers to encourage shared idea generation, strategic roadmapping, networking, innovation stimulation and research leadership.

Disruptive innovations have been described as: ‘an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leaders and alliances.’ (Christensen, 1995)

The group worked to individually identify disruptive innovations (technology, policy, organisational) the water sector requires over the next 50 years in order to achieve its vision. Critical themes were shared and a top list created, from which a white paper will be written.

Mark Lemon, Managing Director of CSC Services attended the workshop alongside Contracts Director Mick Flounders. Mark said:

“The diversity of the group meant a whole range of potential innovations were brought to the table from novel treatment technologies to robotic autonomous systems to replace human intervention. There were some great ideas around urban water management reuse and the integration of water and energy systems.

Mark continued:

“The day was very inspiring and demonstrated how important a collaborative approach of working will be to achieving a perfectly sustainable water system for the future.”

CSC Services have recently joined the Institute of Water as part of its ongoing commitment to learning more about the industry and contributing to wider ongoing discussions around innovation and industry development.

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