Trailblazer recognised by water industry
Congratulations to India Eiloart, WSP Water Resources Engineer, who has been named Beca Young Water Professional of the Year at this year’s Water New Zealand Conference.
The highly-regarded award acknowledges and rewards a professional who has made a significant contribution to the water industry and the general community and has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the early stages of their career.
Louise Algeo, Work Group Manager Water Resources and Flood Risk Management, says India is an incredible asset to the water resources sector.
“She has a genuine passion, drive and is determined to make a difference to communities in New Zealand and elsewhere.”
Louise says India has a knack for identifying like-minded people and has used this skill to connect colleagues throughout WSP to successfully support clients understand their requirements for supplying safe, reliable drinking water across New Zealand.
“She is able to apply integrated holistic thinking, which means all parts of the problem are considered. Through her volunteering and consulting work, the impact India has made on this team, WSP and within the industry, is unparalleled. I have no doubt she will be leading change in this industry for years to come."
As well as representing WSP at conferences – including this year’s Water New Zealand conference – India is Programmes Coordinator at Engineers without Borders NZ, and has participated in events such as the annual Climathon hackathon, a global initiative that tackles climate change.
India was honoured to receive the award and says it’s a privilege to be recognised by the industry for her progress so far and all the ambitious plans to come.
“This award is blue-glass-cherry on top of what has so far been a hugely rewarding and educational few years. I'm privileged to have the opportunity and ability to volunteer my time and technical knowledge in support of communities that require access to engineering knowledge, and I promise to continue on the extraordinary career path that this award will lead me!”
Peter Mathewson, Director Water, and Global leader, says exceptional talent such as India’s will be vital as the sector tackles complex challenges.
“Substantial challenges exist in the sector with the need to protect the quality of water supply source, water resources and nearby communities amidst the realisation of climate change impacts on the natural environment. Regardless of where you live these are fundamentally important to the health and economic wellbeing of all communities. With her passion for making a difference and a focus on putting the customer at the heart of the solution India is already demonstrating the mindset that’s needed.”