The wireless, live, leak-detecting PermaNet system has been hailed as “pioneering” by Scottish Water, and is helping the company to save around 2 million litres of drinking water per day in and around Inverness as a part of their crackdown on leakage.
In a recent public statement, Scottish Water described how they have saved over 180 million litres of water per day since being set new targets for reducing leakage two years ago. This success was said to have been aided by the “pioneering system which uses radio communications technology around Inverness to transmit live information about water flows to alert engineers to potential leaks.”
Water leakage is recognised as an important issue in the current climate, not only due to its inherent value but also the costs, both financial and environmental, that go into water processing and treatment. The PermaNet system from Halma Water Management is a new step in the advance of technology used to combat water leakage, making use of tried and tested wireless technology to dramatically increase the efficiency and expediency of leak detection.
With a permanent network of acoustic noise loggers in constant communication with a centralised data management system, potential leaks can be instantly identified and targeted for investigation and repair. This negates the need for repeated and time-consuming patrols by anti-leak teams, allowing them to concentrate their time and effort where and when it is needed. The collected data can also be used to lower minimum night flow rates according to need, with reductions of up to 50% recorded by the system in use by Yorkshire Water.