Regular water checks on site pipes spot issues early

Data loggers and a smart portal have helped a number of sites spot water issues, following a recent cold weather spell.

Undergroung-Leak.jpgA manufacturing facility had a leak on one of their main site pipes, which had a fracture and was losing 21 cubic metres of water an hour - that’s 21,000 litres an hour. If this had not been identified, and quick action taken to organise a repair in December 2021, it would have cost around £10,000 a week - and £41,000 if it was running for a month. After contacting Water Plus, the Advanced Services team quickly pinpointed the leak’s location and made the repair.

December also saw a business close part of its factory site in England for at least an hour, due to a pipe leak on-site and a distribution centre was also alerted to a leak that saw 10 cubic metres of water an hour seeping away underground. That is 10,000 litres of water an hour and would have cost around £690 a day.

As there are carbon emissions linked to every cubic metre of water supplied through pipe sites, it shows how additional tonnes of CO2e can mount up too.

Mark Taylor, Advanced Services Operations Manager in England, said: “Fluctuating temperatures in the colder months of a year often causes more pipe leaks at sites. It’s why it’s worth reviewing or introducing a water emergency plan for your site/s, particularly before even colder months in a year, so your employees know what to do if water was to stop suddenly at the workplaceAround 1 in 5 businesses have had a water issue on-site, with almost one in ten having to shut their site for an hour or more, after a water issue on-site. Knowing what to do and where you’d get water if you need it is essential.

“We know businesses are keen to help protect their operation, particularly now, and data loggers with online portals provide an easy to use platform to spot when action is needed to avoid increased costs. It helps to keep energy and utility managers a step ahead when their working remotely across multiple sites.”

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