Take Control of Leakage
In the UK as a whole, about 23% of the water put into the public supply is lost because of leaks. In England and Wales the figure is about 20%. That’s equivalent to almost 3.2 billion litres of water every day and enough to supply 22 million people with their daily water needs.
With the additional pressures of population growth increasing demand, and the impact of warmer and drier weather, the UK is facing an ‘existential crisis’ in our long-term water supply.
At Ant Hire Solutions, we are keen to promote awareness of how leakage in new pipelines is contributing to the UK’s water challenge. Read on to find out more about the UK’s leakage issue and how we are using our industry leading expertise to help our customers Take Control of Leakage.
Take Control of Leakage
Despite the efforts of water companies to address leakage, there’s been little improvement in the volume of water lost in the network since 2002. This has resulted in fines for many, including the notable £150m fine for Thames Water in 2018.
And as outlined in the Environment Agency’s headline-hitting announcement in March 2019, the point at which water demand exceeds supply is just 25 years away, with a lot of this crisis due to leaking pipework.
- By the 2030s, nearly 30 water resource zones will report deficits of 5 million litres per day
- By the 2050s, deficits will run to 800-3,200 million litres per day (5-15% of total water demand at that time)
- By the 2080s, deficits will run to 1,400-6,000 million litres per day (8-29% of total water demand at that time)
So, what is being done?
OFWAT has tasked every water company with reducing leakage by a minimum of 15% over the new AMP7 cycle.
Whilst this will go some way to tackling the pressing issue of leakage from the existing network, Ant Hire Solutions have been working to raise awareness arising from leaks entering the network through new pipework.
During 2019, hydrostatic pipeline pressure tests undertaken by Ant Hire Solutions identified that 16% of all new pipelines suffered from leakage, with each kilometre of pipeline potentially leaking 1.22 million litres of water over a 35-year period.
Apply these statistics to the entire UK water network, and 55,018 km of the UK’s mains pipelines are likely to show evidence of leakage if pressure tested. This equates to 67,122 million litres per kilometre of potential water leakage over 35 years.
Download Ant Hire Solutions' best practice eBook 'Take Control: Nine Steps to Leak-Free New Networks' designed to help water companies and contractors plan and perform trouble-free hydrostatic pressure tests and pipeline repairs.
Delivering new Leak-Free Networks
Given the scale of the challenge, every contractor and water company need to ensure they are doing everything possible to eliminate leakage in new networks and contributing to the long-term sustainability of our water supply.
Our end-to-end pipeline pressure solution and expert intervention can help contractors ensure they achieve right-first-time, safe and compliant pressure tests, that help guarantee the delivery of leak-free new networks.
Contact our expert team to find out how we can help you ensure leak-free new pipeline installations.
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To support the adoption of right-first-time pipeline pressure testing, Ant Hire Solutions has created a best practice e-book ‘Take Control: Nine Steps to Leak-free New Networks’ designed to help water companies and contractors plan and perform trouble-free hydrostatic pressure tests and pipeline repairs.
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