About us

The Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service (HNWIS), established by the Scottish Government through Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, identifies innovative Scottish companies, particularly SMEs, and supports them along the innovation path from concept to commercialisation.

The service contributes directly to the Hydro Nation's goal of delivering economic gain to Scotland through the creation of new companies and new jobs that drive innovation in the water sector.

AECOM with support from WRc and UK Water Ltd will manage the three-year programme, which is part of the government’s Hydro Nation strategy to support the economic development of Scotland’s water resources.

The Hydro Nation Strategy was launched in 2012, and is designed to deliver economic growth for Scotland through maximising the economic benefits of the country’s water resources by reducing energy use and improving efficiency. The scheme will help raise Scotland’s international profile as a leader in water management and increase global understanding of the circular economy. 

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients.

The firm’s global staff — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serves clients in over 150 countries around the world.

AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including the water industry. It provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. 

WRc is an Independent Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Growth. We operate across different sectors including Water, Environment, Gas and Resource Management. Our clients include regulators, water and gas utility companies, governmental organisations, NGO’s, trade organisations, industrial manufacturers and waste management companies.

Building on a legacy in the international water and environment sector stretching back over 90 years, combined with the knowledge of approximately 120 staff based in Swindon, we bring a shared purpose of discovering and delivering new and exciting solutions that enable our clients to meet the challenges of the future. WRc works with suppliers, end users and researchers to deliver independent robust testing and evaluation of technologies, products and technical services; we operate established schemes such as MCERTS, ETV and WRc Approved.  

With a detailed understanding of the industry's needs, current technological developments and the regulatory challenges of implementation, WRc brings end-users informed access to new technologies that solve the challenging problems in the water, environmental and waste sector.

UK Water Limited are a small group of experienced Consultants who have unique experience of the UK Water Industry with an emphasis on the water sector in the Scotland Brought together by a desire to help clients get a better service more suited to them, we provide knowledge and education to clients to help them achieve what they really desire. Our ethos is one of building relationships with our clients, standing by their side to assist and help them attain what they require.

Our extensive experience covers the services that are associated with all water or wastewater facilities a client has, or may have. For example, we have a strong knowledge of treatment process, pressure issues and measures to improve water efficiency. We ensure the services the client requires meet their needs and provides them with the most economically viable solution.

As an example of UK Water’s client assistance is our value added service which includes leakage detection and repair through to treatment and process consultancy. We will assess more efficient technologies where it is economic and practicable to do so. We also provide technical advice on areas to improve the efficiency of a client’s business operation. For example better treatment processes for trade effluent discharges and improvement to the water and wastewater infrastructure within a site boundary.

This exciting new service will help create a culture of innovation in the UK water industry, unlocking opportunities for Scottish firms to turn their ideas and products into commercial realities.

Marc Barone, AECOM UK & Ireland managing director for water