Geovation Water Challenge


How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?

This Challenge is now closed. The challenge ran from 1 December 2015 to 27 January 2016 (12noon). The winners of this challenge were:

Refillable Cities
Sustainable Catchments (Natural Flood Mitigation)
Fix our water

Geovation Camp was held at Ordnance Survey, Southampton 4-6 March.

The best ideas won support to research, develop and launch their product or service

The problems were grouped into 5 main themes:

Theme 1: Too little water
Theme 2: Too much water
Theme 3: Poor water quality
Theme 4: Ageing water infrastructure
Theme 5: Water use behaviour

The best ideas were invited into 12 month funded Geovation Programme to include financial, developer, and business support.
(@iandee)

Geovation Water Challenge

Rain Water Harvesting

Calculate the rain harvesting potential of UK residential and commercial roofs. By identifying how much water our roofs can collect for us, we can begin to understand the potential for capturing on a wide scale. Harvested rain water is ideal for use where clean or treated water is not necessary.

Voting

9 votes
(@alunleppitt)

Geovation Water Challenge

The Fat Box - "pour it in here not down the sink!"

Manufacture a small recycled carboardbox, similar to a juice carton but half its size able to contain about 500ml of liquid. It would be square with a "funnel" top for easy pouring and a simple lid. These would be manufactured in a way to make them ultra affordable and easily available through supermarket chains so that everyone would be happy to add them to their monthly shopping and have a Fat Box on or near their sink. ...more »

Voting

8 votes
(@andrew.brett)

Geovation Water Challenge

Free Hand Held Surface water flooding App.

In summary a simple Geo-Tag Picture App, user loads app, it loads location and asks simply three questions. Date Time Photo Too often Local authorities receive reports of surface water flooding during heavy rain fall with very little information. Making a free simple app availble for the user to Take a photo and add date / time it will help enable Engineers to see exactly what happened. As the saying goes, a picture speaks ...more »

Voting

8 votes
(@nat0002)

Geovation Water Challenge

Switch the Stick: biodegradable cottonbuds instead of plastic!

100,000 plastic cotton buds get flushed down the loo EVERY WEEK in the Thames Water region alone. Not only do they cause sewer blockages by providing a sickly structure for fats and rags in the sewers to stick to, but they're a menace to our marine habitat too. During heavy rainfall our sewers overflow into our waterways, where these plastic cotton buds get flushed out to sea. Once there, they remain for hundreds of ...more »

Voting

6 votes
(@benm456)

Geovation Water Challenge

Water Quality IaaS (Information as a Service)

The upfront capital costs associated with the installation and maintenance of water quality sensor systems are prohibitively high to a single customer. However we believe there are many customers who have need to access such data, from government (national & local) and associated agencies to water and insurance companies’, fisheries and surfers. Our intention is to become the primary provider of water quality information-as-a-service ...more »

Voting

3 votes
(@pete00)

Geovation Water Challenge

Connected Catchment Communities

Planning guidance in the UK has introduced requirements for sustainable drainage to control surface water flowing from new developments but without wider coordinated catchment management these measure will impact on too few communities. As climate change increases, so will extreme precipitation events. Direct flood defences are becoming prohibitively expenses and more compensatory measures must be identified to prevent ...more »

Voting

2 votes
(@gillian.donaldsonselby)

Geovation Water Challenge

UAV based green LIDAR for Flood Risk Mapping

High global temperatures and recent flooding suggest that severe flooding may become a regular event in parts of the United Kingdom. There is a need to develop robust hydrological / geo-physical models that could be used by researchers and the general public to examine, develop and evaluate localised solutions, including Natural flood Management and Flood Prevention Schemes. Comprehensive high-resolution bathymetric data ...more »

Voting

2 votes
(@philip)

Geovation Water Challenge

HydroSwarm

Gaining up-to-date, accurate and complete information *during* a flood is difficult as communications break down. Using off the shelf drones and sensors, create an autonomous system that can be deployed to survey, explore and/or monitor an area.

Voting

2 votes
(@philip)

Geovation Water Challenge

Beadyeye

40% of UK household have a water meter, and although meters aren't compulsory in most areas they are standard on new-builds, and may be fitted compulsorily in some circumstances (such as areas of water stress or when you move home - OFWAT). Reading the water meter is often difficult - mine is under water for 1/3 of the year but I useually manage to take a picture of it every week and now have 3 years of data. Similarly ...more »

Voting

2 votes
(@paulbiggins)

Geovation Water Challenge

Use existing embankments as natural dams to create flood storage

There are many locations where roads and railways are carried across river valleys on solid embankments, with rivers and streams passing through culverts. My idea is to use GIS to identify where a simple gate structure could be inserted into the culvert and hold back flood water, flooding the upstream land and therefore attenuating the flood flow with online storage behind the embankment. Just flooding a small area to ...more »

Voting

2 votes