Yorkshire Water starts new leakage detection trial


YORKSHIRE Water is working with Inflowmatix on a new project, as part of its increasing investment into smart networks, which the company hopes will play a key role in its leakage reduction.

The two-year scheme will see 650 InflowSense™ devices fitted across the county which will analyse pressure transients at 128 sample points per second.

The devices will help Yorkshire Water to identify and resolve the causes of the pressure transients which result in dynamic stress on the network, leading to leaks and interruption to customer supply.

Yorkshire Water Innovation Programme Manager, Sam Bright, commented on the project: “Reducing leakage is a key priority for us at Yorkshire Water and we are excited by the potential of the InflowSense™ devices and the benefits they will bring to the network and our customers.”

This announcement follows on from Yorkshire Water’s £50m investment in leakage reduction, including £4m replacing customers’ own pipes and the installation of nearly 40,000 acoustic loggers across the region.

The company is investing in satellite technology to identify leaks from space as another new initiative.

Robin Bell, COO at Inflowmatix, added: “From the first interactions with Yorkshire Water we could see there was a close match between their aspirations and our unique capabilities.

“We’ve enjoyed the first stage of our collaboration and look forward to close working with Sam and the team at Yorkshire Water in achieving their challenging objectives for AMP7 and beyond.”

Yorkshire Water currently has 250 leakage inspectors across Yorkshire searching for leaks which aren’t visible, plus 140 technicians who tackle visible leaks that its customers report.