Tony Rachwal


Tony is an independent water innovation consultant. He is a chemist and process technologist with 40 years experience in the UK and international water industry sector.

For the majority of his career he worked for the former Thames Water Authority and the international multi-utility, RWE Thames Water, retiring as European R&D Director in 2006. He was responsible for internationally based research and innovation teams, managing intellectual property and provision of technical due diligence. Highlights included developing process solutions for implementing advanced water treatment for London’s water supply and implementing water reuse in Adelaide and at London’s Millennium Dome.

Tony was a Trustee of the Foundation for Water Research (FWR) for over 20 years and a founding Director of the UK Water Partnership. He was a member of NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board 2006-12 and chair of the EPSRC Water Infrastructure Treatment and Engineering (WITE) programme 1995-2001. 

He has published over 50 scientific papers and contributed to several books on water sector technology development. Tony has represented the UK on the American Waterworks Research Foundation  (AWWARF) and the EU Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (EU WsstP).

Tony was appointed to the IES Council in March 2023.