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ABB continues its fight against water leakage by hosting key industry workshop

Wednesday 15th July 2015: Water industry representatives gather at ABB head office for in-depth look at the latest developments for minimising the UK’s water leakage

 Wednesday 15th July 2015: Water industry representatives gather at ABB head office for in-depth look at the latest developments for minimising the UK’s water leakageBB UK's Daresbury HQ was the venue for a dedicated workshop held by the Sensors for Water Industry Group (SWIG) looking at the latest technologies and techniques for tackling the ongoing problem of water leakage.

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Despite the considerable work that has been undertaken in recent years to tackle the issue of leakage from the UK's water distribution networks, substantial volumes of water are continuing to be lost every day. Although many water companies have hit their original leakage targets, a significant number are keen to find ways to achieve further reductions, prompted in part by the new focus on TOTEX.

Shifting the emphasis from ‘outputs' to ‘outcomes', TOTEX effectively rewards companies that take steps to increase customer satisfaction by improving their performance.

In the case of leakage, there is a desire to meet customer demands for reduce leakage as well as to minimise the need to abstract extra water by taking steps to better manage existing supplies.

The workshop represented a broad range of interests, with speakers from Yorkshire Water, Artesia Consulting, the WRc and Sheffield University. The supply chain was also represented, with various speakers from different companies, including ABB, outlining their latest technologies for detecting and managing water leakage.

In his presentation entitled ‘Leakage asset management for the 21st century', Alan Hunt, Electromagnetic Flow Product Specialist for ABB Measurement & Analytics, described the benefits of ABB's new AquaMaster 3 with WITS (Water Industry Telemetry Standard) DNP 3. The flowmeter is the first to use open platform communications, enabling operators to obtain near real-time flowrate and pressure data with advanced device-level intelligence without the obstacles associated with integration into their existing control systems. The inclusion of quad band GPRS radio technology also ensures reliable, low cost connectivity in virtually all remote locations.

By helping to disseminate information about the latest best practices and technologies for water leakage, the workshop forms a key part of ABB's own strategy to help its water industry customers find ways to manage their operations more effectively.

"ABB has been an active supporter of SWIG for many years," says Steve Wilding, Water Utilities Sales Manager for ABB Measurement & Analytics in the UK and Ireland. "We were therefore delighted to host this leakage workshop, a critical topic for the Water Industry and one regularly driving new innovation including our own AquaMaster3 Flow meter with incorporated WITS communications.

SWIG events provide the opportunity for water industry end users, consultants and supply chain providers like ABB to share knowledge and experiences and to build strong partnerships to help our UK & Ireland Water Utilities achieve their business outcomes."


Originally formed in 1993, SWIG (www.swig.org.uk) aims to provide a forum for manufacturers, end users and researchers in the sensor community to test new ideas, exchange views and network. As such, it promotes the dissemination of information on sensor developments and fosters collaboration through targeted workshops, as well as representing the interests of the water and wastewater quality sensor community to the Government, European organisations and other interested bodies.

Copies of the various presentations from the event, including Alan Hunt's, can be downloaded at SWIG's web site at http://www.swig.org.uk/event/leakage-workshop/. For more information about the AquaMaster 3 with WITS DNP 3, visit tinyurl.com/ABBAquaMaster, call 0870 600 6122 or email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com ref. ‘AquaMaster 3'.

 


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