(The 'Bin it - don't block it' campaign received widespread coverage after the monster Whitechapel Fatberg was discovered)
Thames Water has been shortlisted three times in the prestigious Utility Week Awards.
The company, which supplies water and waste services to 15 million people, has been nominated in the team of the year, marketing initiative of the year and capital project management categories.
And in another dose of good news, the company’s alliance eight2O has been shortlisted in the health and safety initiative of the year, with the winners announced on December 11 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
In the first category, the company’s renowned ‘Bin it – don’t block it’ campaign in the war against fatbergs was nominated for the marketing initiative of the year.
Targeting hotspot areas, around 223,000 homes have received information leaflets about the dangers of flushing unflushable items, such as wet wipes, nappies and sanitary products, down the toilet, and pouring fats, oils and greases down the sink, which all congeal in the sewer system.
Thames Water spends £1 million a month clearing fatbergs from its sewer network, and the fight against them made headlines across the world after the monster Whitechapel fatberg, measuring 250 metres long and 130 tonnes in weight, was discovered in the sewers under London.
Pat Lavender, who spearheads the campaign, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted in the awards, it’s testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team and we’re looking forward to the ceremony.
“But, the hard work continues in the war against the fatberg with the ‘Bin it – don’t block it’ campaign, and we’ve got a lot more in the pipeline to raise awareness about the dangers of fats, oils and greases and unflushable items in the near future.”
The £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel was the company’s second nomination, in the capital project management award.
The project, which will see the construction of a super sewer under the River Thames to capture storm water pollution, has been recognised for its innovative delivery method, creating a dedicated team and company to manage its finances, design, construction and commission.
This resulted in notable successes such as several worksites being completed early, and work finishing under budget.
Making it a hat-trick of nominations was the C17 team in the team of the year award, which led the company into the competitive non-domestic market earlier this year.
Finally, eight2O, one of three Thames Water alliances, was also nominated for the health and safety initiative of the year for its digital delivery for safety which provided a safe and collaborative environment for on-site workers.
Tim Horton, from eight2O, said: “Making the shortlist recognises the hard work eight2O has put in, day in, day out and how innovation and digital delivery is helping to support safety. The single most important thing is that everyone goes home safely at the end of every shift.”