Watsave Awards

Improving water efficiency is the imminent challenge faced in agriculture today. There is a need to innovate and change existing water policies, management practices and new water-saving techniques. A holistic approach involving all the stakeholders like farmers, corporates, government and civil society organisations is required to increase water productivity. Recognizing this need, ICID constituted WatSave Annual Award(s) in 1997 to identify and promote exceptional water conservation/saving practices in agriculture. They are presented every year to individuals or a team of individuals after evaluating actual realized savings; and not promising research results, plans or good ideas/intentions to save water. 

The award consists of an honorarium of US$ 2000 and a citation plague. The WatSave Awards are presented during the Annual ICID Executive Council Meeting (IEC). An autonomous international panel of judges adjudges the winners every year. 

Apply Online for Watsave Awards 2021: https://icidevents.org/awards

Categories

WatSave Award has been categorised in four categories.

  1. Technology Award: It is presented to recognise the best technological applications or projects developed; which has been successful in saving water and/or recovering wastewaters/low-quality waters.
  2. Young Professionals Award: It is presented to recognize young professionals (below 40 years) contributing in original research and innovative water-saving techniques leading towards sustainability.
  3. Innovative Water Management Award: It is presented to recognize non-technological interventions, innovative land and water management practices and policy interventions helping in increasing water availability for different uses. It aims to identify new policies/approaches for water-saving leading to the cost-effective and beneficial use of water.
  4. Farmer Award: It is presented to farmer or farmer(s) who has successfully developed or implemented water-efficient farming techniques in the farms as well as the community.  

Nominations

The nominations are received through the automated online form submission system (https://icidevents.org/awards), which is announced at the beginning of every calendar year. ICID’s National Committees need to endorse their countries respective applications. The entries are open to all professionals/teams from ICID member countries as well as non-member countries. In case of entries from ‘nonmember’ countries, the nominations have to be routed through and validated by an active National Committee of ICID. Such National Committee should be aware of the nominee's to support the nomination.

Nominations are open for 2021 and the deadline for submission is 30 June 2021. 

WatSave - Scheme (PDF) and Nomination Form 

Winners of WatSave Awards 2020

1. Technology Award: Dr. Nasser Sedaghati (Iran)
For his work on "Use a Low-Pressure Sub-surface Irrigation System with Perforated PVC Pipes to reduce Water Consumption in Pistachio Orchards". In this system water is conveyed from the source to the subsurface gravity pipes that are perforated around the root zone of the trees. There are also vertical tubes installed for ventilation. It resulted in a 25% reduction in water consumption (about 1,800 m3/ha) and a 62% increase in water use efficiency compared to flood irrigation.

2. Mr. Mahdi Afsari (Iran)
For their work on "Sub-surface Irrigation and Tree Shades". Introduction of drip irrigation and sub-surface irrigation technology to adapt to water scarcity in Faizabad-MahVelat area in Khorasan Razavi province. Awnings for pomegranate trees along with steam generators were developed against  higher temperatures. It resulted in  significant reduction in water consumption with better pomegranate production.

3. Young Professionals Award: Mr. Mohammad Sadegh Keshavarz, and Dr. Hamed Ebrahimian (Iran)
For their work on "Reduction of Water and Phosphorous Losses and Soil Erosion by Micro-Dams in Furrow Irrigation". Micro-dams were built as water barriers inside the irrigated furrows to reduce surface water velocity and consequently reduce runoff and soil erosion losses in open-end furrows. The ‘effectiveness of micro-dams in controlling erosion’ technique can be adequately used for sloping areas where the soil is prone to erosion. 

4. Farmers Award: Mr. Mekala Siva Shankar Reddy (India)
For his work on "Micro Irrigation with Fertigation". Despite adverse weather conditions in a drought-prone area in Southern India, Mr. Reddy successfully harvested healthy crops using water-conserving irrigation practices like drip and micro-sprinklers with the use of organic inputs and mulching. He has economically harvested a varieties of crops such as grape (red & green), fig, hybrid papaya, pomegranate, hybrid muskmelon, pink guava, chia, and quinoa.

 

Winners of WatSave Awards 2021

Farmer Awards

Innovative Water Management Awards

Technology Awards

Young Professional Awards

Farmer Awards-

YearCountryWinnerTitle
2020 India

Mr. Mekala Siva Shankar Reddy

Micro Irrigation with Fertigation

Despite adverse weather conditions in a drought-prone area in Southern India, Mr. Reddy successfully harvested healthy crops using water-conserving irrigation practices like drip and micro-sprinklers with the use of organic inputs and mulching. He has economically harvested a varieties of crops such as grape (red & green), fig, hybrid papaya, pomegranate, hybrid muskmelon, pink guava, chia, and quinoa.

2019 India Water Conservation by use of Sprinkler & Drip Technologies in Paddy Crop

In July 2017, this project was initiated on a demonstration plot of the land of Karan Jeet Singh Chatha (Haryana-India). Idea was to motivate the farmers towards Micro Irrigation Technology for Paddy crop on experimental basis.

2017 India

Dr. Vijay Sharad Deshmukh

Effective Water Management through Farmer?s Cooperative Interventions

Lift irrigation method was used; Four water filtration units were installed which use sand to filter the water. During monsoon, the added water is also diverted to the wells so that ground water table can be recharged.

2016 India

Mr. Chandra Shekhar H. Bhadsavle, Mr. Changdev K. Nirguda and Mr. Anil D. Nivalkar

Sanguna Rice Technique ? Zero Till, Conservation Agriculture

Saguna Rice Technique (SRT)- is a unique new method of cultivation of rice and related rotation crops without ploughing, puddling and transplanting (rice) on permanent raised beds, that insists keeping of roots of previous crop in the raised beds

2015 India

Bhagwan M. Kapse

Group Farming and Micro Irrigation a Way to Prosperity

2011 USA

Mr. Jerry Erstrom

The Willow Creek Piping Project

2009 India

Mr. Arvind Narayanrao Nalkande

Rainwater conservation through natural cracks in deep black soils

Innovative Water Management Awards+

Technology Awards+

Young Professional Awards+