We must continually evolve and improve how we take care of one of life’s essentials. 

Our innovation strategy is to research and develop new solutions and incubate and experiment with ideas that already exist to adopt solutions quickly. We aim to learn from others and collaborate locally, nationally and globally.


Our innovation challenges

We want to solve the challenges we have today as well as find answers to some of our industry’s bigger long-term challenges.

By managing risks, keeping the financials in check and prioritising sustainability, we can address some of our key operational issues and long-term strategic challenges, such as our commitment to our Triple Carbon Pledge and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Our short-term areas of innovation focus include:

  • Water Resources, Treatment and Distribution
  • Wastewater Collection and Resource Recovery
  • Bioresources: Maximising energy production and alternative sources of energy
  • Technology and Asset Intelligence


Submit your innovation ideas and collaborate with us

We believe that we can be more innovative in collaboration with others.  

We would welcome technology providers and partners to work with us on the innovation challenges we have described. 

If you’ve got ideas or solutions that meet our challenges please share them with us. If it’s got promise, we could collaborate on the idea with you to make it a reality.


Innovation showcase case studies

Here are just a few examples of the outputs of our innovation programme.

Rapid detection of bacteria

Leakage detection with pipe mics

Converting sludge to fertiliser

The resource recovery and innovation centre

Severn Trent’s urban wastewater strategy

The World Water Innovation Fund

In April 2019 we joined forces with water companies from across the globe to create the World Water Innovation Fund - an ambitious multi-million scheme set up to protect the future of water for everyone. 

The World Water Innovation Fund will see likeminded water companies share their learning through never seen before trials, research, disruptive thinking and ground breaking technology.