Biwater is a world leader in treated water, providing large-scale water and wastewater solutions for clients across the world. Throughout its 50 year history, the company has grown to meet the demands of many water-stressed countries and their burgeoning populations. The name Biwater – or two waters – was adopted because of the company’s involvement in the provision of clean water and the treatment of wastewater. It is represented by the Biwater fish logo, which signifies life, health and clean water.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Water Treatment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- Over 1000
Our mission and vision
To provide sustainable treated water solutions that serve communities, help protect the environment, and foster economic development for generations to come.
To be the world leader in treated water solutions, growing the business ethically and sustainably.
For decades, Biwater have delivered transformative large-scale projects around the world, improving water and sanitation provisions for millions of people.
The Group’s talented international team continually strive to “engineer unique deals with maximum impact in challenging jurisdictions…no other water company active today is as willing to engage where it really matters.” (Global Water Intelligence February 2016 Edition)
In building this long standing reputation in the water industry, Biwater have maintained a unique brand presence, positioning the company as ‘A world leader in treated water’.
As Biwater have grown, acquiring numerous companies along the way, a strong corporate identity has been formulated to unify the Group and ensure that Biwater is recognised the world over, transcending countries, cultures and languages.
How did the company name come about?
The name Biwater – or two waters – was adopted because of the company’s involvement in the provision of clean water and the treatment of wastewater.
Why does the Biwater logo incorporate a fish?
We often get asked this question – the choice of the fish for the Biwater logo was far from accidental. It was chosen for its ability to convey life, health and clean water, which are paramount to Biwater’s business activities. Also, the fish was considered to be a universally acceptable symbol that would resonate with people from all corners of the globe.
A snippet from the archives:
Source: Life in Water Series No. 2, Biwater Archives CHUB (scientific name: Squalius cephalus)
The chub is strong and solidly built. At home in most waters, its tastes are wide-ranging and it is known for tackling very large bait. Biwater like the chub, has the strength and capability to take on the challenges of major water infrastructure contracts, in any environment, on a worldwide basis. It is no accident that Biwater is now a company with substantial resources, which are brought together in a unique combination.
As a leading force in the international water industry, Biwater have a reputation for success in securing and carrying out substantial contracts. The Group's accomplishments are embodied in the Biwater fish: a universal symbol of life in water.
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 has received four prestigious Queen’s Awards for excellence in engineering and innovation, presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, while also recording an impressive list of international water and project finance awards.
- Most recently, Biwater was awarded two Deal of the Year awards for the development works deal signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government and UK Export Finance in 2016
- The loan was the first use by the KRG of the Law To Raise Funds Through Borrowing by The Kurdistan Region, number (7) of 2015
- Global Trade Review summarised the deal’s achievements by saying, “The deal doesn’t just have tremendous, long-lasting environmental and humanitarian implications: being the first loan entered into by the Kurdistan regional government under its debt law, it sets a precedent for future borrowing and demonstrates that the regional government is able to borrow in its own name” (Global Trade Review Best Deals 2016)
- Trade & Forfaiting Review noted that, “The TFR Awards commend the brave, to the complex, to the persistent and the innovative, as well as deals completed in the face of serious challenges” (Trade & Forfaiting Review ECA Highly Commended Deals of 2016)
- Biwater received Water Company of the Year (Distinction) and Wastewater Project of the Year (Distinction) at the 2016 Global Water Awards
- The top awards were presented by Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
- Global Water Intelligence highlighted, “Biwater’s export finance connections and in-house negotiating skills have enabled it to carve out a unique role as a deal broker” (Water Company of the Year Category | Global Water Intelligence Issue February 2016)
- Biwater’s major wastewater treatment project in Hong Kong (Stage 2A Harbour Area Treatment Scheme, Stonecutters Islands) was recognised for, “The neat dovetailing of the numerous infrastructure components reflects a uniquely holistic and forward-thinking approach to municipal wastewater and environmental management” (GWI Issue: February 2016).
- (Wastewater Project of the Year Category | Global Water Intelligence Issue February 2016)
Biwater is committed to developing all facets of the business, fostering a culture that inspires both innovation and modernisation.
To undertake and coordinate our international contracts, Biwater International Limited employs a formal quality management system, which governs business processes in accordance with the principles and requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2015.
As a part of this quality management system, Biwater aims to ensure that all employees work in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures, to deliver a consistent level of service for our clients.
Critical to this system is feedback – we rely on feedback to evaluate our progress and take steps to continually improve.
Biwater: A world leader in treated water
It’s been said that the 20th Century was ‘The Century of Oil’. However, the tides are turning, with water looking set to dominate the 21st Century.
The challenge is clear for all to see. A scarcity of clean water, combined with an exponential growth in demand. It’s not that there isn’t enough water to go around – we live, after all, on the ‘Blue Planet’– it’s just that too much is saline, contaminated and inaccessible.
Biwater is in the business of bringing water to life; making sure clean water gets to the people who need it, and wastewater is treated responsibly. It’s a crucial business, meeting a fundamental human need and protecting a vital natural resource, and it’s one Biwater undertakes unlike any other organisation.
Partly it’s down to our experience – Biwater incorporates expertise drawn from 50 years of operation, across 30 companies. The Group and its companies have completed over 25,000 projects that span more than 90 countries.
Partly it’s our comprehensive approach – we start out by evaluating the need, then design an optimal solution, help arrange finance, and ensure construction to globally-recognised standards of excellence. Then we train local people, equipping them with the necessary skills for long-term operation and maintenance of the technical solution.
But perhaps above all, it’s our philosophy that sets us apart. Biwater’s holistic approach combines the very best of British engineering with a modern, unique and flexible template for solving the world’s water challenges.
We provide sustainable treated water solutions for communities that both protect the environment and foster economic development for generations to come.
‘The Century of Water’ demands that we think and act with the long-term in mind, to give water sources a new lease of life.