Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT January 2020

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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14 | XXXXX 20XX | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk In Focus Q. What are some of the key chal- lenges facing water companies as they try to reduce leakage? ML: "There are a number of challenges facing the water industry as it works to reduce leakage. These range from an ageing network with millions of potential failure points to the availability of skilled leakage technicians. We are also dealing with more extreme weather conditions, which exacerbate the challenge." PT: "E• cient methods of working, train- ing and retention of skilled labour to un- dertake leak detection and repairs to the water network. Accounting for all water usage and obtaining accurate household and non-household consumption. As leakage is driven down, it becomes more di• cult to • nd and very expensive to • x." TM: "Looking forward, there are a num- ber of emerging challenges as we reduce leakage to new all-time low levels. It is likely that leaks will be smaller on aver- age, which will make them more di• cult to • nd. It will also mean that the number of leaks we will need to repair to achieve The leakage challenge With water companies facing tough challenges around reducing water leaks, Alec Peachey caught up with experts from Northumbrian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water to fi nd out more about the work they're doing in this area. 14 | JANUARY 2020 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk PARTICIPANTS: Martin Lunn (ML), head of water service planning, Northumbrian Water Phil Tapping (PT), regional demand manager wholesale water services, Southern Water Tim McMahon (TM), head of water networks, Thames Water

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