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WatSave Award 2013Background

The major challenge facing irrigated agriculture today is producing more food using less water per unit of output i.e. increasing water productivity in both, irrigated and rainfed agriculture. This goal will only be achieved if the appropriate water saving technologies, management tools, and policies are in place. All those involved in irrigation water management – managers, farmers, workers need to be encouraged and guided, through appropriate policies and incentives, to save/ conserve water and to minimize wastages to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

Recognizing the need to encourage innovations in irrigation and drainage, ICID instituted WatSave Annual Award(s) in 1997 and are presented each year to recognize outstanding contributions to water conservation or water saving in agriculture. The Awards given to individuals or a team of individuals are made in respect of actual realized savings and not for promising research results, plans and/or good ideas/intentions to save water.


Nominations for the awards are received through the National Committees of ICID through a call sent out around the beginning of every calendar year. The award consists of an honorarium and a Citation.




Invitation for Nominations - 2015

Nominations are invited for the ‘WatSave Awards 2015’ from individuals/team through National Committees/ Committee latest by 15 June 2015. The WatSave Awards are given in four categories: (i) Technology; (ii) Innovative Water Management; (iii) Young Professional; and (iv) Farmers.


The idea of routing the nominations through the NC is to receive only one nomination per category per country after an initial scanning of the nominations for a sequential ordering based on merit and recommending only one. ICID member country can also support one nomination from a non-member country but every country should present only one candidate per category.


The award(s) is/are presented to an individual or a team for Outstanding Contribution to water conservation / water saving for increasing the beneficial and/ or efficient use of water to develop and improve the sustainable use of the critical resource. 


National Committee can nominate newly developed works of previous WatSave Award winners provided it is for a different innovation, as the purpose of the award is to identify successful water saving technologies and management techniques in practice among the ICID family and disseminate them across the world. The nomination could come on behalf of an individual or a team of named individuals, but not from an organization itself. An entry or innovation once rejected for the WatSave award by ICID should not be re-nominated, even under a different category.


In order for the Jury to adjudicate the awards, which are highly dependent on the actual application of the technology in the field, the nominating National Committee/Committee has to play a crucial role since members of the Jury will often not have detailed first-hand knowledge of the situation in a particular country, and thus would not be in a position to judge the realism of individual submissions.


National Committees should undertake initial screening of the nominations, through a broad based National Screening Committee for WatSave Awards against the criterion laid down in this Scheme, and in the process recommending them, authenticating the research, the application cited in the nominated work and ensure that the nomination is for the original work carried out by the authors.


The awards will be presented at the 66th International Executive Council (IEC) meeting scheduled to be held during October 2015 at Montpellier, France. The last date for receipt of the entries from the National Committees along with a completed ‘Nomination Form’ etc. to the ICID Central Office, New Delhi is 15 June 2015.


The nominations sent directly to the ICID Central Office cannot be entertained. The selection of the winners from amongst the nominations received will be made by an International Panel of Judges. National Committees are urged to give wide publicity to these awards in their country among persons actively engaged in water savings/conservation practices, particularly farming communities.


Categories of the Award(s)


WatSave Technology Award


This award is presented to promote and encourage the best technological applications or projects which have been successful in saving water.


WatSave Innovative Water Management Award


This award is presented for promoting non-technological interventions and/or innovative land and water management/techniques for increasing the availability of water for different uses; Promoting research that leads to substantial savings in water applications or uses; or Promoting development of new policies/approaches for water saving leading to cost effective and beneficial use of water.


WatSave Young Professionals Award


This award is presented for promoting water saving technologies, innovative water management practices, original research leading to substantial water saving/ conservation etc. by young professionals (below 40 years).


WatSave Farmer Award


The WatSave Farmer Award is given to a farmer(s) for proven water saving success story to promote successful water conservation.





Announcement for Winners of WatSave Awards 2014



Jeff Shaw and Todd Kotey (USA)Prof. Yi Yongqing

The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards has adjudged Mr. Jeff Shaw (USA) for conferring the WatSave Technology Award 2014’ to him for his work on Benefits of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s Pilot Pressure Irrigation Project


Since its formation in 1909, the South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID or District) has delivered water to its growers through a distribution system that was designed to provide water on a rotational schedule for flood irrigation of primarily field crops. However, over the past approximately 20 years, there has been a significant and accelerating increase in use of pressurized on-farm irrigation systems, due to the economic benefitsto farmers. On-farm pressurized systems typically require smaller, more precise, and steadier flow rates at more frequent intervals, and for longer durations, compared to the flood systems they replace. Such deliveries are difficult to provide reliably with the existing gravity system, while also meeting the needs of flood customers.


The pilot project which covered one of the areas with high-salinity groundwater and aimed at providing a water efficient pressurized surface water service has after completion is now considered as one of the most water-efficient irrigation delivery systems in the agricultural industry and provides the area growers with individualized, automated irrigation access through the use of online and mobile technology. The innovations of the project have demonstrated numerous benefits for growers, like increased crop yields; reduced farm management costs due to reduced time required for water ordering and scheduling; elimination of on-farm pumping; improved delivery measurement and water management information, irrigation scheduling flexibility, and reduced seepage, spillage and evaporation losses from the distribution system, etc.


Congratulations to Jeff Shaw and Todd Kotey!


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Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta (Egypt)


Mr. Zhang Xuehui

The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards has adjudged Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta (Egypt) for conferring the WatSave Innovative Water Management Award 2014, for his work on “Improving growth, yield and water productivity of some maize cultivars by new planting method”.


Maize is one of the most important cereal crops in Egypt. Therefore it was considered necessary to aim at improving existing agronomic practices and also to develop more efficient surface irrigation techniques for improved water saving and achieving better irrigation efficiency as well as increased yield both in terms of quantity and quality in cost effective manner.


Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta was engaged in a project for investigating the efficiency of an improved technique of planting crops in furrows and ensuring that water application was just sufficient to reach saturation level at top of furrows. This innovative irrigation management method resulted in considerable water saving due to increased irrigation application efficiency, decreased percolation and evaporation losses, increase in yield at less labour cost.


Congratulations to Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta!

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Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Improving growth, Yield and Water Productivity of some Maize Cultivars by new planting Method

Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta (Egypt)
Jiamakou Irrigation Scheme (JIS), China Mr. Zhang Xuehui, China, 2013

Integrated water recovery provides regional growth
for Northern Victoria, Australia

Mr. Peter McCamish, Australia (2012)


Participatory Rainwater Conservation of Rainfed Agriculture of Vidarbha Region (Maharashtra), India

Prof. Dr. Subhash Madhawrao Taley, India (2011)

Water distribution management at the Vaalharts irrigation scheme

Mr. Kobus Harbron, South Africa (2010)

Transformation of irrigation through management transfer

Messrs Shahaji Manikrao Somawanshi, Bharat Kawale and Sanjay Madhukar Belsare, India (2009)

Innovative Method for Rice Irrigation with High Potential of Water Saving

Dr. Yousri Ibrahim Atta, Egypt (2008)

Provision of Irrigation Scheduling Advice to Small Scale Sugarcane Farmers Using a Web Based Crop Model and Cellular Technology: A South African Case Study

Dr. Abraham Singels, South Africa (2007)

Water Administration System (WAS)

Dr. Nico Benadé, South Africa (2006)

Innovative Water Saving Technologies in China

Prof. Li Daixin, China (2005)

An initiative towards saving of water and sustainable Irrigation Management in Maharashtra State, India

Er. Suresh. V. Sodal, India (2004)

Comprehensive approach in water resources management such as Irrigation, Drainage, On-Farm Water Management, Water Quality, Groundwater Modeling, Contaminant Transport

Dr. Muhammad Akram Kahlown, Pakistan (2003)

Spatio-Drainage Approach: A Tool for Proper Management, Accurate Design and Cost Effective
Subsurface Drainage Projects and Water Saving

Dr. Mahmoud Moustafa, Egypt (2002)

Water-Saving Irrigation Practice in China - Demands, Technical System, Current Situation,
Development Objective, And Countermeasures

Prof. Gu Yuping, China (2001)

Modernization Plan of Mula Traditional Irrigations

Dr. Francisco del Amor Garcia, Spain (2000)

Modified Drainage System for Rice Growing Areas : A Tool for Water Saving

Eng. Hussein El-Atfy, Egypt (1999)

Development of Water Saving Irrigation Technique On Large Paddy Rice Area in Guangxi Region of China

Prof. Wu Xijin, China (1998)


Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Benefits of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s Pilot Pressure Irrigation Project

Jeff Shaw and Todd Kotey (USA)

Thin and exposed irrigation Prof. Yi Yongqing, China, 2013

Theory and technology of controlled irrigation of rice in China

Prof. Peng Shizhang, China (2012)

SAPWAT 3: Irrigation Water Planning Tool

Messrs Pieter S van Heerden and Charles T Crosby, South Africa (2011)

Irrigation water security: promoting on-farm reservoirs in the UK

Dr. Keith Weatherhead, Mr. Melvyn Kay and Dr. Jerry Knox, UK (2010)

Wheat Bed Planter

Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Pakistan (2009)

 Micro Irrigation – A Technology for Prosperity

Dr. Yella Reddy, Mr. Satyanarayana and Mrs.G Andal, India (2008)

Growing Rice with Pivots – A Step Towards Water Conservation

Messrs Werner and Herbert Arns, Brazil (2007)

Contributions and Achievements to Water-savings in Agriculture

Prof. Kang Shaozhong, China (2006)

Efficient Water and Resource-saving Technique of Soils Pre-sowing Treatment Under Winter Wheat Cultivation Conditions

Mr. Omar Redjepow, Turkmenistan (2004)

Wetting Front Detector: A New Tool to Help Farmers Save Water

Dr. Richard John Stirzaker (2003)

Dripping with success- The Challenges of an Irrigation Redevelopment Project

Mr. Robert E. Merry, UK (2002)

Rotational irrigation scheduling in rice paddy with the operation rule curve of irrigation reservoir

Prof. Tai Cheol Kim, Korea (2001)

Water Efficient Irrigation and Environmentally
Sustainable Irrigated Rice Production in China

Prof. Mao Zhi, China (2000)


Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Development and application of innovative and advanced simulation tools for the evaluation and optimization of surface irrigation systems

Dr. Malcolm Gillies, Australia (2009)

Water Banking – Conjunctive Water Use Management Approach for Water Saving and Improve Productivity and Environmental Performance

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi, Australia (2008)

Micro Irrigation – A technology to save water

Ms. Neelam Patel, India (2006)

Computer-Aided Mapping Irrigation Scheduling for Arab Republic of Egypt

Dr. Mohamed Maher Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt (2005)

IGRA: An Approach for the Application of the Benchmarking Initiative to Irrigation Areas

Dr. Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz, Spain (2004)

Contribution in the field of flow measurement, canal system modernization and operations improvements, debris and fish screening at irrigation diversions, hydrology, and improved hydraulic laboratory techniques

Mr. Tony L. Wahl, USA (2003)

A Scientific Approach for Water Management in Rice Fields

Dr. Ashutosh Upadhyaya, India (2002)

Participatory Irrigation Management in Katepurna Irrigation Project : A Success Story

Er. Sanjay M. Belsare, India (2001)

Decision-Making Support System for Irrigation Water management of Jingtai Chuan Pumping Irrigation Scheme at the Upper Reaches of Yellow River

Dr. Gao Zhanyi, China (1999)


Award winning success story

Award winning farmer(s)

The Willow Creek Piping Project

Mr. Jerry Erstrom, USA (2011)

Rainwater conservation through natural cracks in deep black soils

Mr. Arvind Narayanrao Nalkande, India (2009)





  • 2014 - Korean National Committee on Irrigationand Drainage (KCID)
  • 2013 - Turkish National Committee, ICID (TUCID)
  • 2012 - IACID, Irrigation Australia’s Committee on Irrigation & Drainage
  • 2011 - Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID)
  • 2010 - Indonesian National Committee of ICID (INACID) & Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)
  • 2009 - Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID)
  • 2008 - Pakistan National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (PANCID)
  • 2007 - U.S. National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID)
  • 2006 - Malaysian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (MANCID), andSpanish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CERYD)
  • 2005 - Spanish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CERYD)
  • 2004 - French National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (AFEID)
  • 2003 - Japanese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (JNC-ICID)
  • 2002 - Canadian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID)
  • 2001 - Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID)
  • 2000 - Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID)
  • 1999 - Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)
  • 1998 - Netherlands National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NETHCID), Directorate General of Public Works & Water Management, and IHE Delft



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