International Water Solutions

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by International Water Solutions's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from International Water Solutions is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Romford-based IWS
manufacture and supply an
industry-leading chemical water
treatment solution
Our CEO, Al Sayed,
presentin The Best Processor
of the Year Award at the
2019 Egg and Poultry
International Water Solutions was only officially founded in
2015, but its operations within the water treatment industry
date technically back to the early 2000s. IWS was acquired by
iWater Group Ltd in 2019 and focuses now on the development
and delivery of effective, environmentally friendly disinfection
and decontamination products for a diverse range of industry
sectors, including oil and gas, drinking water, agriculture and
livestock. Water purity, scarcity, changing demographics and
operational efficiency are top issues for the global water sector,
which are only amplified by the unpredictable impact of climate
change. CEO Al Sayed tells
The Parliamentary Review
According to the OECD, water demand will increase by 55 per cent by 2050. In
the face of this demand, declining global water quality continues to be a concern.
Water pollution mostly occurs as a result of agricultural run-off, domestic sewage
and industrial effluents.
The long-term impact of personal care products and pharmaceuticals on water
cycles is a new area of concern that is rapidly gathering interest among the
scientific community. This has already resulted in dramatic changes to public policy,
and organisations like ours exist to effect these changes.
Creating clean water for everyone
We are a revolutionary water disinfection and decontamination solutions company
with global presence and leading expertise. Our strong ambitions for rapid growth
»CEO: Al Sayed
»Founded in 2015
»Based in Romford, Essex
»Services: Manufacture and
supply of leading chemical
water treatment solution to a
number of markets, including
oil and gas, drinking water
and agriculture
»No. of employees: 25
»The solution IWS produce,
Xziox, is one of the safest and
most effective chlorine dioxide
options available in the water
treatment market, removing
99.99 per cent of harmful
organisms and bacteria
»A wholly owned subsidiary of
iWater Group Ltd
International Water
Highlighting best practice
and worldwide expansion serve
only to reinforce this sentiment, and
we are continually engaged in the
development and delivery of new,
effective and environmentally friendly
products for a diverse range of
We exist to create clean and healthy
water for all. Water is the most
fundamental requirement for human
and animal existence on our planet,
and with the damaging effects of
climate change and global warming,
this most crucial commodity is scarcer
than ever.
Just over two billion people live their
daily lives without access to fresh
drinking water; they live in areas
where their water, food and land is
contaminated, and this is an issue we
must focus on resolving.
Our mission at IWS is to work with
partners and like-minded people,
corporations, governments and
agencies to fight against water scarcity
and bring fresh, healthy water to the
people who need it most.
Scarcity and access – one of
the world’s big issues
Water, and more so the lack of fresh,
healthy drinking water, is one of the
most talked-about issues in the world
today. Many say we are heading
towards a major water shortage crisis.
We personally think it is fair to say that
we are already well into this crisis; we
have seen so clearly around the world,
from the drought in Southern Africa to
the lack of water to fight wildfires in
California, that this is a great concern.
The challenges of scarcity and access
are further exacerbated by climate
change, urbanisation and population
growth. In many markets, ageing or
inadequate water infrastructure poses
potential risks to sustainable growth
efforts. We believe this presents a
compelling opportunity to address
these concerns – tackle infrastructure
first, and everything else will follow.
Even though 70 per cent of our planet
is made up of water, the world faces a
dire scarcity of fresh, healthy drinking
water. More than 97 per cent of
available water is actually saltwater
in our seas and oceans, and as such
Water is always at risk of
contamination and pollution. With
rapid urbanisation and population
growth across the globe, more harmful
effluents are released into bodies of
water than ever before. This, along
with the wastewater generated from
households and industry, presents
the colossal need for water and
wastewater treatment solutions.
Xziox and the need for further
clean water solutions
Reaching this point as an acclaimed
water solutions company has not
been easy. We recognised at an early
stage that the opportunity to change
the situation was unique; becoming
Bringing fresh, healthy
drinking water to people
across the planet
Water is the
for human
and animal
existence on
our planet
involved in a business that wanted to
not only improve the environment but
also make a difference to humans and
animals alike was never going to be
We decided that the future benefits
were worth the risk and launched IWS
– that was some 15 years ago, and at
that point we had already started to
develop our chemical solution. Today,
we manufacture a highly effective
patented water treatment solution,
Xziox, which is a tried-and-tested
high-quality chemical used to address
water issues in a number of sectors.
A stable biocide, Xziox eliminates
bacteria, disinfects surfaces, breaks
down biofilm and is effective for
Back then, however, things weren’t as
simple. We knew that in order to bring
Xziox to market, we had to obtain a
number of licences and permits, secure
patents and registrations and finally
undertake both laboratory and live
testing and trialling.
We also knew the costs for all of these
processes would be considerable.
With limited resources and the lack of
financial assistance from banks and
lenders, we took the decision to seek
funding by way of selling equity in
the business to private individuals and
soon raised the funds necessary to
achieve our objectives.
Private investment remains a significant
part of our business to this very day;
so much so that, having recently
reorganised our corporate structure,
we are in advanced preparation for a
listing on the London Stock Exchange
in late 2019. Hopefully, the investors
who played such a major part in the
development of our business can see
not only that their faith and support
was worth the wait but start to benefit
financially from its future success.
In the meantime, Xziox has become
recognised as one of the most
advanced chemical solutions for the
treatment of bacteria in water. Using
a highly developed version of a well-
known chemical, chlorine dioxide,
we have improved our structure,
stability and delivery system to a
point that it has become one of the
most environmentally friendly, safe
and stable options available in the
Water, and
more so the lack
of fresh, healthy
drinking water,
is one of the
most talked-
about issues in
the world
Left: Our Xziox solution
is recognised as one of
the most advanced in
the industry
Right: Our dedicated
team work hard to bring
clean drinking water
to as many people as

This article was sponsored by International Water Solutions. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster