South East Water makes a splash at AWA's Victorian Water Awards


South East Water has been recognised by the Australian Water Association, taking home two awards at the annual Victorian Water Awards Luncheon on Thursday 6 December.

South East Water’s Operational Technology Manager, Andrew Forster-Knight, has been named Victorian Water Professional of the Year 2018.

Bringing to life one of South East Water’s core values of ‘we discover’, Andrew’s passion for innovation has helped South East Water develop solutions that have delivered efficiency and reliability benefits to water network operators, and helped to increase liveability and affordability for customers.

Andrew humbly accepted the award at the Awards Luncheon, saying “I really didn’t expect to win this award and I know I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team.”

“At South East Water we’re active with technology because we recognise it plays a vital role in providing increased value to our customers. More broadly, there’s currently a huge scope to innovate within the water sector – it’s our industry’s turn to really push the boundaries through the adoption of new technologies, and I really enjoy being a part of that.” He continued.

Andrew has developed the ideas behind Hydroshare®, BlokAid® and OneBox® and turned them into a portfolio of successful patented water solutions which are now being taken to market around the globe by South East Water’s commercial arm, iota Services.

Not just an innovator but also a leader, Andrew is known for encouraging his team to explore avenues for self-development, and to conceptualise and own their own ideas through to realisation.

South East Water also won an award in the Research Innovation category for its project, ‘Driving change from conservatism to pragmatism – better use of biosolids and recycled water by using research to challenge guidelines’.

Senior Research Scientist Aravind Surapaneni accepted the award for the project, which challenged industry guidelines around the length of time necessary to stockpile biosolids and the lagoon retention time for recycled water. The results of this research are already being adopted by water authorities around Australia, reducing costs and accelerating the reuse of these valuable wastewater treatment by products.

“It’s people like Andrew and Aravind that allow us to take what the water industry is dreaming of and make it a reality. They’re always thinking ahead by harnessing and inventing new solutions not just for South East Water, but for the water industry globally. Congratulations to both Andrew and Aravind on these well-deserved awards,” said Terri Benson, Managing Director at South East Water.

South East Water’s ‘Fishermans Bend Integrated Water Management Servicing Strategy’ program was also recognised as a finalist in the Victorian Water Award’s Program Innovation Award category.

For more information on the 2018 Victorian Water Awards, visit the Australian Water Association website: