History of Biwater
2018 marks 50 years for the Biwater Group. Biwater reflects on a successful 50 years, having achieved many ‘firsts’ for the water industry in the UK and abroad. Acquisitions in the early years led to unparalleled growth – over 30 water treatment companies and equipment manufacturers in the UK and worldwide merged with Biwater’s operations, to increase the Group’s exports and provide local expertise in key international markets.
This combined experience and expertise, has seen the completion of over 25,000 water and wastewater treatment projects in over 90 countries spanning the globe.
Biwater was established under the name ‘Biwater Treatment Company’ in Beckenham, Kent, UK, by Sir Adrian White with an authorised share capital of £100 – the name ‘Biwater’ was derived from the idea of working with ‘two waters’, the treatment of wastewater and the provision of clean drinking water
David White, an engineer and Sir Adrian White’s twin, joined Biwater
Leslie Jones, chemist and former neighbour of Sir Adrian White, joined Biwater
Biwater set up its global headquarters in Dorking, Surrey, UK (close to both of London’s travel hubs – Gatwick and Heathrow – to be able to both welcome international visitors and enable staff travel)
Biwater was awarded its first Queen’s Award for Exports (now, spanning 50 years, Biwater have been presented with a total four Queen’s Awards)
The first Biwater Tower contract was awarded to supply Ministry of Defence (MOD) sites across Nigeria with package water treatment plants, utilising an innovative design developed by Sir Adrian White; 126 Biwater Towers were built to supply rural communities with drinking water across MOD sites, Kwara State and Niger State
After a number of acquisitions, Biwater developed a collective brand identity and launched the Biwater fish logo – in the same year, Biwater was awarded the Malaysian Rural Water Supply Scheme, the largest contract for rural and town water supplies ever awarded in the water sector at today’s value of USD 1.5 billion
Biwater became the first buyer to purchase a British public and statutory water company, with the purchase of the East Worcestershire Waterworks Company, followed by Bournemouth and District Water Company and West Hampshire Water Company
Sir Adrian White founded British Water through the merger of the UK’s largest water and wastewater group
To further develop the company’s expertise in new and emerging technologies, Biwater established its Centre of Excellence in Desalination and Membrane Treatment (Biwater Inc.) California, United States
Biwater’s Founder and Chairman, Sir Adrian White, was Knighted in a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in recognition of services to international trade and investment
Biwater announced the award of a USD $1.2bn contract to deliver urgent water and wastewater infrastructure works in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Beyond these key milestones, employees around the globe share countless memories of successful local projects and community engagement.
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