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i2O Water helps Veolia Water save 1.5 million litres of water a day and nearly £100,000 a year in water wastage reduction

Posted: Monday 23rd April 2012

i2O Water Ltd, a provider of water network monitoring solutions, has today announced that it has helped Veolia Water realise savings in excess of 1.5 million litres of water a day, nearly £100,000 a year, and improve customer service, following a successful roll out of i2O Water’s integrated network monitoring system across 31 Veolia Water sites in the UK.

Veolia Water, which provides water and wastewater management services throughout the UK, approached i2O in August 2010, following very large and unpredictable demand it was experiencing on the Wentworth Estate Golf Club during golf tournaments and periods of dry weather at the surrounding area in Surrey. During these times, when demand increased significantly, Veolia Water needed to supply much higher quantities of water to the area to address demands from the golf course, which in turn had the effect of lowering the pressure of the available water in the network. Levels of customer service would be impacted unless Veolia Water set water pressures very high during this period, which were too high for the rest of the year. Unless Veolia Water could actively manage and control the pressure to address this fluctuating demand, it was either going to provide poor customer service or risk running the pressure too high, resulting in high leakage and water bursts.

To help solve this problem, Veolia Water installed i2O’s integrated network management system and was able to remotely reduce burst mains and leakage and improve response to network issues. The solution provides the ability to proactively control and optimise the water pressure, which helps Veolia Water optimise the management of its network. The reduction of background water leakage on the first system alone was estimated at 300,000 litres a day following installation and optimisation, and proved such a success that Veolia immediately rolled out the i2O technology into another 30 areas by the end of 2010. This has resulted in a leakage reduction of 1,500,000 litres of water a daily – nearly enough water to fill an Olympic swimming pool each day.

Stephen Eeles, Leakage and Network Operations Manager at Veolia Water said: “The implementation of the i2O solution has enabled us to proactively address pressure management issues across the Veolia Water network, enabling us to focus on problem hotspots where we were seeing supply issues due to demand spikes. This has enabled us to realise significant water and cost savings and, importantly, improve the service we are able to offer our customers.”

Adam Kingdon, co-founder and CEO of i2O Water commented: “We are extremely excited to be working with Veolia Water to help it better manage pressure in its water network. The i2O solution involves deploying smart pressure controllers and sensors into the water network that allow remote monitoring and control of water pressure, ultimately reducing water leakage and bursts. The technology has been installed at water companies globally with excellent results, consistently cutting leakage and energy use by an average of 20% and reducing new bursts by up to 50%. It also has proven to be easy to deploy and easy to use.”

There is a perception that water shortages mostly affect developing nations, but increasingly developed nations are feeling the effects. Recently the United Nations World Water Development Report* advised that water shortages are already constraining economic growth in California, China, Australia and India. Presently in the UK, it is estimated that around 3.3 billion litres of water are wasted every day through leakage.

About i2O

i2O Water’s intelligent and integrated network management technology is making a real difference to the worldwide water shortage problem.

Founded in 2005, Southampton-based i2O Water has developed innovative technology that allows water companies to monitor, diagnose, control and optimise all aspects of the water distribution network. This has helped to maximise operational efficiency, reduce leakage and burst frequency, cut energy use and cost, and improve customer service for many companies across the UK and worldwide.

The i2O system also contains applications for managing leakage, monitoring the condition of assets and the performance of water distribution networks. The i2O technology is further supported by a range of services, including consultancy, network monitoring, training and installation support.

i2O systems are in use by water companies around the world and are cutting leakage and energy use by an average of 20% and reducing new bursts by up to 50%. In Malaysia, for example, i2O recently installed 200 systems, reducing leakage in the state of Selangor by more than 35 million litres per day - enough to provide water to 250,000 people. Furthermore, the burst rate has come down by a staggering 48%. Systems have been installed in the UK, Spain, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and South Africa.

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