We’re always on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate openly with a wide variety of innovative organisations who share our vision around tackling climate change and the water crisis, including start-ups, other businesses, universities, local communities, and leading international experts.

In India, in 2022, we joined forces with The/Nudge Institute to launch The/Nudge Ashirvad Water Challenge, backed by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Indian government.

The challenge is all about speeding up the development of advanced solutions, at scale, to increase access to clean drinking water and it attracted some 140 applications when it was launched.

Short-listed candidates got the chance to work with our research scientists and entrepreneurs from the Aliaxis Next ecosystem to further develop their ideas.

This year we were delighted to announce that SmartTerra had won the challenge, with Solinas Integrity a close runner-up.

SmartTerra’s platform uses AI to detect leaks in water networks and it is already being used in five Indian states, where it has saved some five million litres of water. Solinas Integrity’s robots have identified over 40 contamination points in networks, saving 60,000 litres of water a day.

We’ve now extended our partnership with The/Nudge Institute and plan to create a National Water Council to commission research into solutions to tackle India’s main water challenges over the next decade and a half.

In Europe, we’ve partnered with EKIPA, an open innovation forum that brings together young professionals, researchers and start-ups to develop sustainable solutions, partnering with and funded by companies working in key areas, including water.

We’re focusing on novel adhesive approaches to bonding pipes that allow us to stay ahead of regulations while placing a strong emphasis on sustainability. Participants will pitch their final ideas to us in the first half of 2024.

We’re also excited to have joined 50L Home.

It’s a coalition that brings together leaders from the private, non-profit and public sectors who are united in trying to tackle global warming and water security – two of our greatest challenges.

The coalition has a vision to make 50 litres of daily water use per person the norm, compared with the European average today of 150 litres, and the average in the US of 450 litres.

The goal is to make homes more water efficient, greatly reducing water and energy use, but leaving consumers feeling they have not had to sacrifice any comfort or convenience.

By joining the coalition, we will be able to bring our expertise in creating smart water solutions to bear, identifying and co-creating with our partners systems to address water scarcity, water efficiency, water recycling and water reuse in the home and in networks in the wider urban water environment.

Given that 75% of our products are used to transport, store, and treat water, we are in a terrific position to make a difference and we will be working alongside some excellent corporate partners including Electrolux, Ikea, Kohler, Holcim, Procter & Gamble, L’Occitane and Grundfos.