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Aqua Foundation's Excellence Awards

The "Aqua Foundation's Excellence Awards" are the highest awards given by Aqua Foundation to its members, stakeholders and contributors in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of water, environment, energy, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences, planetary sciences, pollution control and sustainability solutions. Aqua Foundation honours, in each World Aqua Congress, individuals & organizations who have made a mark in their respective fields of expertise or have made a significant contribution in the field of water, environment and humanity.

* The last date for submitting Award application is 10th September, 2020

  • Nomination Process
  • Award Categories
  • Evaluation Process
  • Award & Exception
  • Award Jury

Number of Awards

The number of awards shall be between 0 and 40 every year.


Nomination for the award may be made by stakeholders, serving and retired members, Chairman- Aqua Foundation, and by other reputed individuals working in the field of water & environment. Self-nomination can also be made. Wide publicity shall be given by Aqua Foundation among eligible nominators so as to get good number of nominations. Nominations received after the due date shall be considered for the next year’s award. The details forwarded with nomination must contain the following information:

  • Name, address, e-mail ID, telephones, fax etc.
  • Qualification and Professional experience (in case of individual)
  • Contribution that merit this award [Detailed account]
  • Brief details of projects / services carried by nominee
  • Any other relevant information

Nominations shall be sent to

Praggya Sharmaa (Ms.)
Secretary General,

E-166, 2nd Floor, Kalkaji
New Delhi – 110019
Telefax: +91-11-41318030
Cell: +91-9818568825, +91-9873556395
info@aquafoundation.in, praggya@aquafoundation.in

The Secretary General will organize the material received and place them before the Screening Committee for preliminary evaluation.

Award Categories

The Aqua Excellence Awards are given to individuals, institutions, organizations and companies for significant achievement at national or international level in the field of Water, Environment, Energy, Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Pollution Control and Sustainability Solutions.

There are specific awards for those who have created path breaking trends and who have lead unprecedented innovations that have uplifted the moral of the entire Water industry. These are for those who have worked to create a special service for the independent need of the various sectors of Water fraternity or offered viable solutions for the problems and played a vital role in enhancing Water efficiency.


  • Academic Excellence (Individual)
  • Professional Excellence (Individual)
  • Excellence in Resource Management (Institutional/Industrial)
  • Young Leadership
  • Best Research Innovation
  • Excellence in Development of Technology (Individual)


  • Excellence in Resource Management (Institutional/Industrial)
  • Excellence in Development of Technology (Institutional/Industrial)
  • Outstanding Contribution towards cause of Sustainability- Public Sector
  • Outstanding Contribution towards cause of Sustainability- Private Sector
  • Green Hospitality
  • Green Housing
  • Water Company of the Year - Public Sector
  • Water Company of the Year - Private Sector
  • Desalination Company of the Year
  • Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the Year
  • Public Water Agency of the Year
  • Water Management- Public Sectors
  • Water Management- Private Sector
  • Water Management- Municipal Corporation


  • Water/Wastewater Project of the Year
  • Industrial Water Project of the Year
  • Municipal Desalination Plant of the Year
  • Industrial Desalination Plant of the Year
  • Water Reuse Project of the Year
  • Drainage & Flood Prevention Initiative of the Year
  • Energy & Carbon Initiative of the Year
  • CSR (Water Sector) Project of the Year
  • Water Efficient Project
  • Water Treatment Project – Domestic


  • Promoting Sustainable Human Settlement Development
  • Sustainable Development in Hydropower Sector
  • Sustainable Development in Thermal Power Sector
  • Sustainable Development in Mining Sector
  • Sustainable Development in Coal Mining Sector
  • Sustainable Development in Oil & Gas Sector
  • Sustainable Development in Construction & Infrastructure Sector
  • Sustainable Development in Food And Agriculture
  • Work on Traditional Wisdom
  • Combating Deforestation
  • Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Vertical Farming
  • Protection of the Quality and Supply of Freshwater Resources
  • Environmentally Sound Management of Toxic Chemicals
  • Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous Wastes
  • Environmentally Sound Management of Solid Wastes and Sewage-Related Issues
  • Safe and Environmentally Sound Management of Radioactive Waste
  • NGO – Water Education
  • NGO – Water Sanitation
  • NGO - Revival of Rural Water Resources
  • Water Management – Hotels
  • Water Management – Malls
  • Domestic Water Purifier - RO


  • Excellence in Promoting Environmental Awareness
  • Excellence in Resource Management
  • Best Rainwater Harvesting Project
  • Best Plantation Drive

Evaluation Process

Preliminary screening of proposals is made by the Screening Committee consisting of the following members:

  • Secretary General , Aqua Foundation
  • Two Members or nominees of Governing Council of Aqua Foundation

The Committee places its recommendation before the Chairman for approval. On approval of the Chairman, the nominees are informed by the Secretary General and a formal invitation to the Award Function is sent by the Secretary General.

The Award

The award shall be in the form of a plaque with an image of the Aqua Foundation logo and a certificate. The award shall be given at the World Aqua Congress International Conference of the respective year. If, for some reason, the awardee is unable to be present in the Show, he can receive it from the Secretary at any later date.


The Screening Committee will consider all proposals forwarded by the Secretary. It may, at its discretion, add additional names from or outside the original list. The Secretary General , assisted by 2 Members of Governing Council may accelerate the process to present an award in the World Aqua Congress.


Shri Ashwin Pandya
Secretary General-International Commission on Irrigation And Drainage and Former Chairman-Central Water Commission


Dr. Gopal Dhawan
Consulting Engineering Geologist and Former CMD, Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd.
Shri Yogesh Sharma
FIPHE, Ex-Director, MoEF and Ex-Advisor, NMCG
Professor K. G. Moodley
Honorary Research Professor
Durban University of Technology
Dr. Sanjay Rana
Chairman-Aqua Foundation


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