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ABB takes lead role in helping to address global water wastage

Lead sponsor role at international water leakage event sees ABB playing an influential role in helping to tackle global water leakage

ABB takes lead role in helping to address global water wastageABB underlined its expertise in water management by taking the lead role at the recent 7th Global Water Leakage Summit, held in London between the 17th and 18th of March. Attended by key influencers and decision-makers in water from around the world, this year's event included a key focus on the role of smart technology in achieving zero leakage.


Previously considered impossible, zero leakage is now being seen as an increasingly realistic prospect, as advances in technology offer new possibilities for measuring, controlling and conveying water.

The two-day event covered a broad range of topics, with speakers representing a broad spectrum of interests, including the UK All-Parliamentary Water Group, UK, Irish and international water utilities, plus manufacturers and industry bodies such as Ofwat and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

ABB's involvement saw Tim Door, UK and Ireland General Manager, chairing the sessions on the second day of the event. Presentations were given by speakers from countries including the UK, Spain, Israel, Portugal and India presenting on the innovative approaches and technologies being applied to tackle leakage and encourage responsible water management.

Amongst the presenters was ABB's Dr Ray Keech, who explained about the AquaMaster 3 electromagnetic flowmeter with WITS (Water Industry Telemetry Standard) technology. This device combines the benefits of a high accuracy integrated flow and pressure metering solution with high speed data communications, giving users access to near real time data on pipeline conditions. With extensive self-diagnostic capabilities, the AquaMaster 3 with WITS also provides operators with improved information on meter performance, enabling them to reduce maintenance to an on-demand basis.

ABB also led the Gala Dinner at the end of the first day of the event, which has become an established tradition and a great opportunity for networking. As always, the dinner included a charity auction on behalf of WaterAid. Led by Tim Door and Jeremy Heath of Sutton and East Surrey Water, the auction surpassed the previous event's record, raising £2,430, with prizes auctioned off including Golf Day experience with a Pro AM, Iphone 6 and £250 red letter day.

"Since its inception, the Global Water Leakage Summit has grown to become a leading event on the international water calendar and a great place to discuss and exchange the latest thinking on leakage and water management technologies and techniques," says Tim Door. "With our extensive background in water applications, we as ABB are proud both to continue our association with the event and to help shape the way that water is managed around the world."

For more information about ABB's leakage management and flow measurement technologies, including WITs, email or call 0870 600 6122 ref. ‘GWLS'.


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