Rubicon Water has won the Environmental Solutions category at the Australian Export Awards. Rubicon is one of the world’s leading providers of solutions that improve the operation of gravity-fed irrigation supply networks. 

The awards were hosted by Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb. Mr Robb congratulated Rubicon and the other category winners for their outstanding achievements.

The award recognises the positive impact Rubicon’s solutions have in increasing water availability and improving the productivity of irrigated agriculture around the world.

Rubicon’s solutions involve automating open channel and gravity pipeline irrigation water delivery systems using software, smart water control gates, flow meters and radio technology. Accurate measurement and better control result in significantly less water lost during transit.

Rubicon Water CEO Bruce Rodgerson was delighted with the win and said water scarcity and population pressures meant many countries were looking for sustainable solutions to increase water availability.

“In many places the demand for freshwater is increasing, whether it be for agricultural, industrial, urban or environmental uses,” Mr Rodgerson said.

“It makes sense to manage our existing water supplies as efficiently as possible before we look to expensive options such as desalination or building more dams.”

“Our solutions increase water availability by targeting the water that is lost in irrigation distribution systems, and with 70% of the world’s freshwater used for irrigation, even moderate increases in the efficiency of these systems can make vast amounts of water available for productive use,” Mr Rodgerson said. 

Rubicon’s systems also improve water supply reliability and responsiveness, so water can be delivered to farms within as little as two hours of ordering, compared with several days for manually operated systems. This improves productivity by enabling farmers to water precisely when their crops need it and often with less water. 

In October Rubicon won the Environmental Solutions category at the Victorian Export Awards.

This year Rubicon has commenced or completed major projects in Spain, Mexico, the US and China. Established in 1995, Rubicon has more than 20,000 control and measurement devices in TCC® and FarmConnect® systems sold to more than 50 customers in 10 countries.

Rubicon Water CEO Bruce Rodgerson and Kate Carnell, CEO of award sponsors the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry