UK WATER INDUSTRY RESEARCH

My UKWIR

Big question

How will we achieve zero leakage in a sustainable way by 2050?

Achieving the target of zero leakage is extremely ambitious, one that cannot be achieved with existing processes, techniques and equipment, even if used in much greater quantities than at present. If zero leakage is ever to be a realistic target, and one that can be achieved sustainably, we will need a large amount of research and development in this area. This will need to cover many different aspects of leakage and leakage management. The timescale for achieving this target is 2050, which means that potentially almost anything is possible, and the research must not be constrained by the limitations of existing methods and equipment.

To help us answer this question we need to develop a strategic research programme to map out the research and development projects.

Before we commenced on a new research programme we engaged with universities and consultants to investigate the current state of knowledge around this Big Question. We wanted to understand what research had been done, what was currently progressing, and where the gaps were.

This review was undertaken in 5 areas, with a separate report for each area.

  1. Basic mechanisms of bursts and leakage
  2. Leak detection and location methods 
  3. Leak repair-methods 
  4. Laying leak-free new networks 
  5. Water accounting and quantification 

Once we understood our research needs, we produced a route map – this is a plan as to how we will answer our Big Question.

This is described below, and you can download the whole thing as a PDF below. It is important to know that the route map may change as the programme develops.

RESEARCH Outcomes








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Projects


 

Achieving zero leakage by 2050: Basic mechanisms of bursts and leakage

Project Status - Project submitted as Complete


 

Achieving zero leakage by 2050: Water accounting and quantification methods

Project Status - Project submitted as Complete


 

BQ Achieving zero leakage by 2050: Project 1 - Use of smart meters and smart networks for leakage management

Project Status - Project Commenced

Category - Leakage

The aims of this project will be to:

*Investigate and document the smart network technologies which are now available, and which water companies are currently using them, throughout the world.

*Gather information and data from those companies which are using smart network technologies, specifically with reference to how these technologies are being used to support leakage management.

*Identify the opportunities for better leakage management from the following, amongst others :

>>More data; different data; more frequent data; better quality data, etc

>>More permanent monitors with greater processing power

>>Rapid integration with other data sets – e.g. AMR data from customer meters

>>Real time analysis and diagnosis

>>Live modelling

>>Advanced pressure management and transient control

*Real time transmission of outputs to field staff

*Describe the advantages and disadvantages for leakage management of the different types of smart technologies with different levels of data discrimination.

*Make recommendations for the most useful technologies for leakage management.


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Achieving zero leakage by 2050: Laying leak free new networks

Project Status - Project submitted as Complete


 

Achieving zero leakage by 2050: Project 2 - Incidence and causes of repeat bursts at old repairs

Project Status - Project Commenced

Category - Leakage

The objectives of the project will be:

(i) To assess the proportions of bursts on mains of different materials which occur as a result of the failure of a previous repair, and thereby to determine whether this is a significant problem.

(ii) Where bursts have occurred at the site of a previous repair, to determine where possible whether these have resulted from deterioration of the materials used for the repair over time, or by faulty workmanship at the time of the original repair.

(iii) To provide guidance for maintenance operatives carrying out repairs, on how to minimise the likelihood of future failures


Projects coming soon.

 

Achieving zero leakage by 2050: Laying leak free new networks

Project Status - Project submitted as Complete



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