Water Excellence

Highlighting innovative ways in which water companies are maximising efficiency while minimising operational costs

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Vodafone's head of innovation Danny Kelly tells Utility Week about its new software platform that he says will allow water companies to combine data from both new hardware and legacy assets to create smarter networks.
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South Staffs has secured government funding of £10 million under the Green Recovery Challenge that enabled it to upgrade its largest water treatment plant to a ceramic filtration system that will save around 1,000 tonnes carbon annually. The company plans to invest around £55 million upgrading two treatment works during AMP7.
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Portsmouth has begun a smart meter trial ahead of a wider rollout during AMP8. Water efficiency manager Lianne Riggs told Utility Week customers are less interested in saving money because bills are low but environmental messages do resonate.
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The judging panel for the main competition within Ofwat's innovation fund has been named with eight people chosen from industry, academia, R&D and beyond the water sector. The competition is designed to encourage innovative ideas, collaboration and sharing of risk to develop projects.
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Yorkshire Water, with the University of York, has begun work on a research hub to improve efficiency of wastewater treatment and extract value from sludge processing while working towards its 2030 net zero carbon ambitions
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Affinity Water will measure and report on its non-operational emissions from next year as it sets out plans to be carbon negative for scopes one two and three emissions by 2030. Nature-based solutions and developing a blue carbon finance framework are included in the plans.
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Power quality issues such as voltage sags and surges were the root cause of unexplained outages at a Severn Trent water treatment works (WTW) near Melbourne, Derbyshire. Stuart Dealing, ABB’s product marketing manager, looks at how installing active voltage conditioners (AVCs) resolved the issues.
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The UK water utilities industry is under greater stress than at any other time in its history. It’s not just about external forces such as changes in usage trends and climate change as well as scarcity and unpredictability of supply. It’s also partly because most of our water infrastructure was designed and built in the Victorian era, if not earlier (the world’s first city-level water transfer project, completed in 1613, remains one of London’s main water resources). And of course we cannot forget the huge drive towards digital transformation.
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Contractors often need to connect to water company hydrants as part of essential operations, including sewer and drain cleaning, gulley emptying and street sweeping. A new app helps water companies and contractors maintain accurate records of hydrant use, protecting contractors from expensive errors and offering water companies valuable data.
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SES has set out what it calls a demand-led approach to cutting 2,400 tonnes of carbon each year by 2030. This will include engagement with customers and stakeholders to reduce the amount of water that needs abstracting, treating and pumping as well as efforts to phase out fossil fuels in the coming decade.
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In two previous articles in a series from BPF Pipes Group, the plastic pipe trade association looked at the bigger picture of the circular economy and why it is important; below, a review of how companies in the water supply chain are making the most of materials and resources.
It is clear that 'business as usual' is not going to be sufficient to deliver on water companies' commitments to cut leaks and bursts. Fortunately, industrial IoT technology can offer some answers, as Anglian Water and leak detection specialist Ovarro demonstrate in an award-winning project.
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Efficiency challenges in PR19 have made water companies closely examine parts of their business where improvements can be made. For Welsh Water this included overhauling its approach to asset maintenance by using data to be proactive, not reactive.
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Anglian is tendering for partners under the direct procurement for customers (DPC) scheme to deliver a £100 million treatment plant as part of its transfer project to move water from north to south
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The water sector must find ways to cut the emissions from its most energy intensive activity - wastewater treatment. Industry experts discussed how this could be done and what challenges stand in the way of creating a circular economy to benefit from what has previously been considered waste.
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