New water meters helping to detect leaks

Worthing, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 31, 2013 - More than two and half thousand suspected leaks have been detected by ¡®intelligent¡¯ water meters being installed by Southern Water, the company has reported.
Southern Water is currently in the midst of a program to install more than 500,000 automatic meter read meters for its customers across its service area of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent ¨C an area that is officially defined as ¡®water stressed¡¯ ¨C by 2015.
So far more than 200,000 new water meters have been installed, and over 2,600 alarms have been triggered by suspected leaks.
¡°There is a ¡®leak alarm¡¯ feature built into the new meters we are installing, and with around one in five leaks occurring on customers¡¯ pipes, this will make it a lot easier to detect when water is escaping from household supply pipes or internal pipework,¡± said Darren Bentham, director of Market Reform for Southern Water. ¡°It can vary from a leak on a supply pipe, to a dripping tap in a customer¡¯s kitchen. Fixing a dripping tap can save up 5,000 litres of water a year.¡±
When the installation is completed in 2015, the AMR meters are expected to save Southern Water up to 5 million litres of water a day.
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