Leak-plugging partnership bursts with top award

PLUGGING plumbing leaks has earned a trio of the area’s water companies top gongs at an awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Southern Water and its suppliers PN Daly and RPS Water have scooped the Partnership Award at the Water Industry Achievement Awards last week.

Southern Water teamed up with PN Daly and RPS Water in early 2012, to help meet the industry regulator Ofwat’s leakage target.

The partnership, and new technologies, led to that target being beaten by 10 per cent.

This significant reduction across the company’s network of more than 13,000km of water mains, where the majority of leaks are underground and out of sight, elevated Southern Water to being the best performing water and sewerage company for leakage. Geoff Loader, Southern Water’s director of communications, said: “Reducing leakage is one of the water industry’s top priorities. This award is a fantastic endorsement of the hard work we, PN Daly and RPS Water have put in to finding and plugging leaks and of the success we have achieved in reducing our leakage to industry-leading levels.”

Technology helping to plug leaks includes an automatic leak alarm and flow and pressure data loggers.