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A five-day online hackathon has been organised by Anglian, SES and Welsh Water to better understand water consumption behaviour and habits.

The virtual event will take place over two weeks with participants collaboratively exploring four key areas: consumption hotspots, calculating water balance, helping customers save water and money, and locating customer-side leaks.

The companies will combine their in-house resources with external data for the event, which will be spread over two-weeks from 24 August via Zoom.

The collaborating companies want to develop broad understandings of consumption habits as part of efforts to reduce water usage.

Recent figures from Discover Water show that average daily consumption fell from 143l/day to 142l/day in 2019/20 but remains well above a national PCC target of 110l/day as proposed by Defra in its National Framework for Water Resources.

Jeremy Heath, innovation manager at SES, said: “We’re excited to be joining forces and combining our data resources for this event. As we operate in an area of serious water stress, it has never been as important to understand more about our customers’ behaviour around water usage. We look forward to seeing the ideas generated through this collaboration and believe there is real potential for some industry changing outcomes.”

The companies are inviting participants with a range of experience – including those looking to increase their skills and expertise – to take part and build their industry knowledge.