25th May 2012

Calling all water efficient organisations in Northern Ireland - enter the Water Efficiency Awards 20

The Consumer Council is teaming up with Waterwise and the Environment Agency to encourage public, private and third sector organisations in Northern Ireland to enter the Water Efficiency Awards.

The free to enter bi-annual awards are for any business or organisation that has taken measures to improve their own water efficiency or helped others to reduce their water use.  Entrance to the awards is open until the end of June 2012.

Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council said, “The Consumer Council is backing the Water Efficiency Awards as water is a precious resource and businesses will be all too aware that if they can save water, they save money.  For the first time we have a Northern Ireland category.  We would like to see applications from all across Northern Ireland showcasing innovative, effective and inspiring projects to reduce water use.”

Categories include Exemplar Project for Northern Ireland, Landscape and Gardening, Business and Industry, Community-led initiative, Innovation and more.  Previous winners of the Water Efficiency Awards have come from agriculture, water companies, steel manufacturing, food production including bakeries and meat processors, and horticulture. 

Jacob Tompkins, Waterwise’s Managing Director said: “Although it seems like it rains all the time in Northern Ireland, there are long term pressures on water resources. We are delighted that over the past couple of years there have been a number of large-scale water efficiency initiatives in Northern Ireland, and we hope to see many of these entered into the awards.”

For full details and information on how to enter please visit http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/awards.html


  1. Consumer Council media contact: Irene Overend, telephone, 028 9067 4816 / 07825 147496 or email [email protected]  
  2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland’s consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.
  3. For more information, visit our website at www.consumercouncil.org.uk