Leakage

Ambitious regulatory and company targets mean leakage will be a key focus over the 2020-25 period and beyond. Find out what water firms are doing to tackle the problem.

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NI Water has urged government to back its business plans that include opportunities for other stakeholders to utilise its infrastructure and resources to achieve shared climate change mitigation goals.
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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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Utility Week hears initial thoughts from the water sector on the first draft of Defra’s strategic policy statement to Ofwat, with commentators warning that it lacks the detail required to trigger the investment needed at PR24 if the government is serious about tackling river pollution and decarbonisation.
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Ofwat has reviewed and reflected on performance and feedback from PR14 regulatory period that showed the impact introducing outcome incentives had on sector-wide performance and lessons to learn as PR24 business plans are set
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A trial by Yorkshire, Siemens and Artesia has trained artificial intelligence to learn to distinguish the sound of a leak on Yorkshire's network from other background noises. This 60 per cent improvement lets the company focus its activities on attending and repairing true leaks.
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Water companies in the UK are facing new legislation to deal with the sewage discharge problem, plus continued regulatory pressure on leaks and water quality. But tech solutions, such as virtual modelling via a ‘digital twin’, are bringing results to water companies in Germany, Sweden and the UK, as Andrew Welsh, sales director for global water technology company Xylem reports.
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Affinity Water has issued its first green bond to the value of £130 million to fund projects that will improve the environment as the company works to improve biodiversity and energy efficiency, reduce and prevent pollution, and improve the sustainability of water supplies.
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United Utilities has added cloud computing capabilities to its artificial intelligence (AI) leak detection technology developed in partnership with Fido. It explained that the advancement helps pinpoint leaks and feeds information from sensors and monitors back to engineers' phones
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Water UK has proposed new legislation to protect and enhance the health of rivers to fix loopholes in current legislation and remove any barriers to innovation - especially in the form of nature based solutions. In a new manifesto, the trade body also called for swift action on CSOs, abstraction and bathing water.
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Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during wastewater treatment, minimise harm to waterways, and an at-scale water neutrality scheme are among the winners of Ofwat's £35 million innovation fund to encourage collaboration on common challenges in the sector.
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Wessex and SES Water have each joined the UN-backed Race to Zero to halve global emissions by 2030. SES has set out its demand-led net zero plan that will see all customers migrated to a smart water meter and abstraction reduced by 25 per cent
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Anglian has begun a leakage detection trial on a live network to find and measure defects within its pipes. The trial is a UK-first for the novel detection system that uses sensors to measure variations in electricity passing through a non-metallic pipe wall.
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The House of Lords has backed the introduction of new legal powers to force water companies to secure the separation of drainage and sewerage systems. Peers voted by 184 votes to 157 in favour of an amendment to the Environment Bill, which would place a legal duty on water companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into inland waters.
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Thames Water has received provisional approval from Ofwat for an extra investment of £600 million during AMP7 to increase resilience in London with leakage and pipework improvements. Shareholders will pay half the costs as a condition for the scheme being approved.
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Anglian Water broke ground last month on one of the largest infrastructure projects the water sector has ever seen, which seeks to connect the east of England north to south to transport water. More than 500km of pipe will move supplies from areas of surplus to some of the driest parts of the region. Anglian's chief executive, Peter Simpson, speaks to Utility Week about the landmark project.
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Northumbrian and Welsh Water have collaborated on a smart water meter trial using devices from IoT specialist company that operate on the 0G network to gather and analyse meter data to identify customer side leaks
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Yorkshire has created stark images of the effects of water shortages on its reservoirs to illustrate how the region will be affected in the next 25 years if action is not taken. It comes as results from a Water UK survey showed looming water shortages were a concern for just 41 per cent of respondents.
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