Global water utilities network links with CH2M

Global water utility network links with CH2M
representatives of all current LUOW member utilities at the Global Water Awards 2017 ceremony in Madrid

The Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW) network has partnered with multinational engineering company CH2M, to help promote water utility innovation and raise the performance of the water sector worldwide.

CH2M has been announced as the ‘Foundation Partner’ of LUOW, an initiative established by the exclusive Global Water Leaders Group (GWLG), to create a network of the world’s most successful and innovative water and wastewater utilities. The LUOW network aims to improve performance across the water utility sector, by recognising achievement, providing a network for sharing ideas, and inspiring others to improve. As the Foundation Partner, CH2M is to sponsor all LUOW meetings at such prominent water industry events as the Global Water Summit and Amsterdam International Water Week.

The announcement follows CH2M’s sponsorship of the inaugural LUOW meeting at the Global Water Summit in Madrid in April 2017, where the first six Gold Standard utilities from around the world were accepted as network members for their stellar performance in multiple areas of utility innovation. These innovation areas include ‘Response to Drought or Scarcity,’ ‘IT & Smart Systems,’ and ‘Overall Utility Productivity,’ and more.

The LUOW initiative is specifically designed to address the challenges, and to celebrate the outstanding innovations, of utilities in economically-developed countries. The network’s current members welcome CH2M’s partnership, recognising that the engineering firm, as a part of its business, delivers projects across the entire water cycle to solve their clients’ most complex water challenges with integrated, sustainable solutions.

The LUOW Advisory Board, which approved CH2M’s Foundation Partnership, is led by Howard Neukrug, Senior Advisor to the Global Water Leaders Group and former CEO of the Philadelphia Water Department.

“It is a privilege working with the most innovative water utility leaders in the world, and to have the support of CH2M,” said Howard. “It is a company that understands that global connectivity among utility leaders is key to unlocking solutions to our global water challenges.”

The Board also includes representatives from DC Water (USA), Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (USA), PUB Singapore, Water Corporation (Western Australia), Waternet (The Netherlands) and the Waterworks Bureau of Kitakyushu (Japan). With CH2M’s support, the network’s Advisory Board will continue to identify specific utility successes and innovations, and inaugurate new members at LUOW events around the world.