Relieving the Pressure on Water Companies and Opening Global Markets


Relieving the Pressure on Water Companies and Opening Global Markets

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In the UK more than 3.3 billion litres of water are lost through leaking pipes every day. That’s equivalent to 20 percent of the nation’s water supply and enough to service the needs of 11 million consumers. Meanwhile the Environment Agency predicts water levels could drop by a further 10 - 15 per cent over the coming decades due to climate change and population growth.

Water authorities are therefore facing increasing demand to find new and innovative ways to monitor water flow within pipes and ensure any possible loss is found and stopped as efficiently as possible. This pressure in part has a financial implication; water companies work to strict leakage targets by Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales. Failure to meet these targets will result in a fine.

There is also pressure from increasing environmentally conscious customers and will be impacted by the effects of a drought in the case of a severe water shortage. As recently as 2012 the UK was hit by the worst drought in 25 years, which led to a hosepipe ban for over 20 million households. At the time the blame was put firmly at the door of water companies for failing to prevent leaks.
Primayer, which provides technology for water network management and leakage control, turned to Eseye for a connectivity solution. With Eseye’s AnyNet embedded Multi-IMSI chip SIM cards fitted into the XiLog+ and Phocus3m loggers, all connectivity issues and waterproofing concerns were resolved.

Barbara Hathaway, technical services director at Primayer, says, “The solution enables us to prevent a multitude of issues with our products. We can test each device fully in the factory, recall data and ensure the device is properly sealed.” However, the key benefit of Eseye’s AnyNet embedded SIM card has been its ability to provide truly global coverage without Primayer’s customers needing to set up or even think about local connection deals with operators.
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