Posts Tagged ‘leakage’

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

July 21, 2015

ABB 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.

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 ourselves, outlining our 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 strategy to help our water industry customers find ways to manage their operations more effectively.

SWIG events provide the opportunity for water industry end users, consultants and supply chain providers like ourselves 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 ( 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

For more information about the AquaMaster 3 with WITS DNP 3, visit, call 0870 600 6122 or email ref. ‘AquaMaster 3’.


Innovative water management strategies call for technologies to match

April 15, 2013

A quick look at the web site reveals an array of new initiatives and strategies from a diverse range of organisations aimed at safeguarding both the quantity and quality of water.

One thing that is clear is that there is a growing understanding of the urgent need to tackle water supply issues today before they escalate out of hand tomorrow.
Leading the way is the European Commission’s water efficiency blueprint, which calls for member states, including the UK, to step up their efforts in key areas such as pollution control and abstraction and to strike a better balance between supply and demand.

These same sentiments are repeated at an industry level, with the food and beverage industry in particular striving for improved water efficiency performance. As a major consumer of water, food and beverage companies are increasingly signing up to schemes to measure and reduce their usage. The Federation House Commitment (FHC), for example, aims to help reduce overall water usage across the Food and Drink sector by 20% by the year 2020. Sainsbury’s, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Sunlight and Branston have also all recently been awarded the Carbon Trust’s Water Standard, the world’s first international award aimed at getting businesses to measure, manage and reduce their water usage.

The Carbon Trust’s scheme also addresses the link between water wastage and energy, both in terms of consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Every drop lost, whether it be on an industrial site or across a water distribution network, needs to be replaced, consuming extra energy for treatment and pumping.

For this innovative thinking to have maximum impact, there needs to be an equal stride forward in technological innovation.

Where water is concerned, measurement is no longer just the responsibility of the major water operators, but any major user of water too. Whether it’s to trace leakage on site, reduce water consumption or ensure compliance with emissions legislation such as the Environmental Permitting Regulations, end users should make sure they are using the Best Available Techniques for the job.

Equipment manufacturers, ABB included, are facing a growing responsibility to not only provide technology, but also to inform the market about why it is needed. By keeping an eye both on current developments and on likely future changes, manufacturers can play a valuable role in providing the technologies needed to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

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ABB to take the lead at Global Water Leakage Summit for the third time

February 6, 2013

We are proud to announce that we have been confirmed as the lead sponsor yet again at the 6th Global Water Leakage Summit, to be held at the Thistle Marble Arch, London 12th-13th March.

As a leading international supplier of technology for water and wastewater treatment and distribution applications, we will be taking a prominent role at the event, which provides the ideal platform for leakage practitioners and all those in the business of delivering improved efficiency and innovation for their particular water utilities, to share ideas and experiences on new advances in leakage reduction innovation and processes.

Our very own Global Product Manager, Tim Door, will be chairing panel discussions throughout the two day event, which will include a focus on best case examples showing how utility operators worldwide are tackling leakage through the application of the latest technologies and techniques.

James Chalmers, our Water Industry Manager for the UK and Northern Europe, will also be presenting at the summit on how water operators can reduce leakage through more efficient pressure management using variable speed drives.

As well as sponsoring the event, we will also be exhibiting our latest flow measurement technology that can be used to accurately pinpoint water leakage. Products on show at ABB’s stands (stands 12 and 13) will include the WaterMaster and AquaMaster 3 flowmeters.

The WaterMaster is ABB’s MCERTified, world class flowmeter for water and wastewater applications. With a wide flow range and unsurpassed accuracy, WaterMaster improves control and quality for applications in water treatment works and now features Profibus communications.

The AquaMaster 3 provides a total water management solution for revenue generation, district metering, water distribution, customer billing and leakage control. It offers a choice of mains and battery power options, plus a renewable power version which can draw power from either solar or wind-powered energy sources, offering a truly green solution.

The event also includes a Gala Dinner on the evening of the first day of the summit. Open to all delegates, the dinner will feature a charity auction on behalf of WaterAid, which works to provide the world’s poorest people with safe domestic water and sanitation and education on hygiene.

Now in its sixth occurrence, the Global Water Leakage Summit has established itself as a highly successful platform for raising awareness of water leakage issues. For more information, including how to register, visit

For more information about ABB’s range of products and services for leakage management, please visit . Alternatively, please call 0870 600 6122 or email ref. ‘leakage management’.