United Utilities is rolling out the biggest ‘listening’ project of its kind in the world in a bid to tackle water leakage.
Supported by installing up to 100,000 PermaNET+ devices in the next two years, United Utilities aim to reduce water leakage on their network by 20% by 2025.
This £30m investment is as a result of a successful trial in Liverpool and Manchester, where 2,000 PermaNET+ devices were installed and were thought to have saved up to 5 million litres of water per day.
Kevin Fowlie, Network Delivery Director at United Utilities explained:
“Our customers have told us it is one of the issues most important to them, so we have committed to a 20 per cent reduction in leakage over the coming five-year investment period, and that means using the latest innovations”.
“By 2020 we will have the largest estate of acoustic logger technology in the world. Every quarter of a mile on our water network we will be able to glean real-time data, allowing us to respond faster and more accurately when a pipe begins to leak”.
The new loggers will join a growing arsenal of innovative ideas employed by United Utilities in the battle to reduce leakage, including satellite technology and specially trained water sniffer dogs.
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