Posts Tagged ‘Water Leakages’

ABB to showcase latest technologies for water at IWEX 2015

March 18, 2015


We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at IWEX at the NEC in Birmingham on 21st – 23rd April 2015. On stand (G26), we’ll be demonstrating how our products can help water companies to take a holistic approach to optimizing their network efficiency. Therefore we’ll be showcasing how we can help to boost efficiency across all areas, from reduced energy consumption through to enhanced data collection.

A fully automated interactive panel will show how our latest equipment can be integrated to provide customers with complete solutions for monitoring and controlling water supplies. The panel will feature a selection of instruments, variable speed drives, electric motors and control equipment.

The stand will also feature examples of our latest technologies for water and wastewater processes.

Products on display will include the AquaMaster 3 with WITS (Water Industry Telemetry Standard) DNP3 based open protocol. Based on tried and tested network technology, WITS DNP3 enables communication between different types of data acquisition and control equipment.

The AquaMaster 3 will be joined by Katronic’s range of KATflow ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeters. Featuring an intuitive menu, instrument setup wizard and the innovative Audible Sensor Positioning Assistant, the KATflow range makes the use of clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters easier than ever before.

Also on display is the latest range of WIMES compliant low voltage electric motors. The motors were designed specifically to meet the UK’s Water Industry Mechanical and Electrical Specification. (WIMES 3.03 issue 6), created by The Pump Centre in conjuction with end users, consultants, contractors and manufactuturers, including ABB.

Alongside it is ABB’S SynRM (Synchronous Reluctance Motor) and drive package for the water industry. The package offers the benefits of a premium motor control alongside the highest levels of motor performance, giving ultimate efficiency and reliability to optimise pump system cost of ownership.

For more information, email or call 0870 600 6122 ref. ‘IWEX 2015’. Alternatively, please visit ABB’s water industry portal at


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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More innovation, less leaks

January 26, 2010

Tony Hoyle, Flow Products Manager, ABB Limited, asks if UK companies are sufficiently geared up to handle water leakages.

The UK general public are a fickle lot. When it comes to water leakage, they are usually only interested either during heatwaves or when it comes to likely increases in their water bills.

It’s encouraging then to notice the spate of messages posted by water companies on Twitter (I confess to being an avid user) thanking customers for their vigilance in reporting leaking water mains brought on by the cold weather.

On a deeper level, though, it does beg the question of whether UK companies are still sufficiently geared up to handle water leakage – in particular when it comes to spotting and rectify the early telltale signs of impending leaks.

This is not to knock the huge progress that has already been made in leakage management in the UK in recent years. Thames Water, Severn Trent and Yorkshire Water are all just some of the examples of water companies that have undertaken massive programmes of mains improvement, with a dramatic reduction in leakage as a result. However, even with this investment, many leakage management programmes still tend to focus on resolving leaks that are likely to cause immediate problems, due to the need to conserve costs and balance manpower resources across other activities.

Though leakage can never be totally eliminated, it is still possible for it to be more tightly controlled.

What is needed is greater innovation, involving not just the application of new technology, but also looking outside the water industry to identify best practices used in other industries to meet the same or similar challenges.

One example of where this is already happening is Project Neptune, a joint partnership between Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, ABB, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and seven UK universities. Represented by the trident of Neptune, the Roman god of water, the project has set itself a three-pronged goal of improving the monitoring, control and optimisation of water supplies.

Working together, the project partners have developed an automated leakage management system which combines up-to-the-minute pipeline data with artificial intelligence to continually monitor network performance.

Its success has already been proven in 16 DMAs throughout the Yorkshire Water catchment, with leaks now able to be spotted and repaired at a much earlier stage. The immediate benefits include the ability to better allocate repair teams and minimise disruption caused by repair works.

The longer terms benefits of this will include better control of water supply and improved energy efficiency through the reduced need for production and treatment of replacement supplies.

With press attention already focusing on the likelihood of water companies missing their leakage targets due to the recent cold weather, it’s probably only a matter of time before public attention focuses on whether water companies are doing all they possibly can to efficiently manage the nation’s supplies.

Greater innovation is just one way for us to ensure that we are.