i2O Water helps to cut water leakage in Malaysia

Posted: Thursday 14th June 2012

i2O Water’s cutting-edge technology to reduce water leakage is making a massive difference to water supplies in Malaysia. Southampton-based i2O Water is helping SYABAS, Malaysia’s largest water utility company, to save 40 million litres of water per day in the state of Selangor - enough to provide water for 180,000 people. So far, i2O Water, the leading provider of new technology for monitoring and controlling water networks, has installed more than 200 of its innovative pressure management systems across SYABAS’s water distribution network.

i2O Water has been working with SYABAS and its local partner, non revenue water specialist company Jalur Cahaya Sdn Bhd (JCSB), since 2010.

SYABAS is the largest water company in Malaysia. It supplies water to 7.3 million people across the state of Selangor and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. As well as reducing leakage and saving massive amounts of water per day, i2O Water has also helped to reduce pipe bursts by 40%. In turn, this has substantially reduced the disruption caused by roads being dug up to find leaks and repair burst mains, thereby reducing companies’ operating expenses. It has also cut energy costs and improved levels of customer service.

Sheikh Mazlan Sheikh Hassan, managing director of Jalur Cahaya Sdn Bhd, said: “We are always looking for new technology to assist in non revenue water reduction works and our investment in 200 i2O systems since April 2010 has given us 40 MLD (megalitres per day) additional leakage savings to date. The i2O systems are also helping us to reduce our operating cost in terms of leak repairs by as much as 40%.”

Adam Kingdon, co-founder and CEO of i2O Water, commented: “We are delighted to be working with SYABAS and Jalur Cahaya, and very proud that our technology is making such a major contribution to Selangor’s water resource issues. Not only that, the i2O pressure management system can be implemented within months, whereas building a new treatment plant would take years.”

The World Bank estimates that every year a staggering 32 billion cubic metres of treated water are lost from urban water supplies around the world. In the developing world, the average non revenue water loss approaches 50% of the water actually produced. Any significant reduction in this figure could give millions more people access to clean running water.

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