Findhorn Foundation trustee Michael Shaw and the team of Biomatrix Water are celebrating their achievement of winning two prestigious national environmental awards, the Rushlight Water Innovation Award 2010 and the Rushlight Water Treatment Award 2010.
Biomatrix Water was judged to have made the most significant contribution through technology, innovation or process, to improve the treatment of waste water.
The company, comprised of Michael, Galen Fulford, Lisa Shaw, Yee-Li Lee and Eric Molloy, designs ecological treatment systems that can effectively tackle pollution and unsanitary conditions in urban canals and waterways, caused by waste water emptying directly into them. A recent success story is the Paco Canal headwaters in Manila, Philippines. The headwaters used to be a foul swamp of sewage and rubbish that people avoided. Now the Paco headwaters is a beautiful water park, full of flowers and trees, and clean water. The locals enjoy walking along the new boardwalk by the canal and children can come to play and enjoy it.
Now in their fourth year, the Rushlight Awards are a celebration and promotion of new technology, innovation and best practice across the whole environment spectrum for organisations throughout UK and Ireland. The group and overall winners will be eligible to be considered to represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012.
The Biomatrix Water team are excited to have won the Rushlight awards. Managing partner Galen Fulford said, “We are passionate about water restoration. When a canal or river is healthy and clean it is a real asset to the community. With my job I get to travel all over the world and all too often I see waterways that are clogged with trash and bubbling methane from sewage inflows. These waterways are health risks and people avoid them because of the smell and appearance. It brings me a lot of joy to be able to work with communities to transform the waterways into vibrant ecosystems full of flowers, wetland plants, fish and birds.”
Mandy Holmes, of Highlands & Islands Enterprise, said, “Biomatrix Water was formed in 2008 and to win these awards in such a short time really is an outstanding achievement. HIE is working closely with Biomatrix to support their research and development as well as future growth ambitions. The focus on energy efficient and low carbon technology is a key priority for both HIE and Biomatrix, and the Rushlight Awards are recognition of the calibre of the Biomatrix design.”