Israeli-founded Desalitech — which provides high-efficiency water treatment for industrial, agricultural and wastewater reuse and concentration applications – has won a top prize at the 2016 Global Water Awards.

Judges at the prestigious contest — held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE — chose Desalitech as the Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the Year.

The prize category sought out “the early-stage technology company which made the most impressive commercial breakthrough into the global water technology market in 2015.”

“The slow build-up of salinity in aquifers and waterways is one of the great environmental challenges of our age. Desalitech’s breakthrough technology represents a remarkable step towards a practical, affordable solution,” reads an explanation on the Global Water Awards website as to why Desalitech was honored.

The company is a developer of a closed-circuit reverse osmosis system that recirculates brine until it reaches a certain concentration before being expelled from the system. Its treatment platform is in use across the world by Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola.

Desalitech was founded in 2008 by Nadav and Avi Efraty under the name “Advanced Desalination Technologies” as a platform for the development and commercialization of his innovative closed circuit reverse osmosis desalination technologies. It is now based in Massachusetts.