WORKING WITH THE WATER INDUSTRY TO ACHIEVE 100% LEAK-FREE NEW PIPELINES WITH A DIGITAL PRESSURE TESTING PLATFORM – PIPE
Ant Hire Solutions, the leading provider of specialist pipeline equipment and services to water companies, drainage contractors and civil engineers, have been operating its digital pressure testing platform PIPE for several years now and have some interesting results on leakage in the water industry. PIPE is a unique pressure testing data management system and dashboard developed to help deliver 100% leak-free new networks through technology and data.
The inaccurate pressure testing of new pipes joining the network is allowing a large quantity of faulty assets to be accepted. The data from the PIPE dashboard shows some 2.9 billion litres of water, enough to supply 19.4 million people with their daily requirements, are lost through leakage in the national water infrastructure every day.
In pressure tests carried out by Ant Hire Solutions, only 57% passed first time, with 27% of all test interventions being due to safety reasons, the result of dangerous levels of excess air in the pipelines under test. Also, more than 230km of new pipeline was pushed to compliance through Ant Hire Solutions’ active intervention (over 12 months).
Over recent years, the water industry has seen an increased demand from water companies looking to qualify the validity and accuracy of pipeline pressure test data. Ant Hire Solutions has responded to this demand by developing a dedicated pipeline pressure testing system and dashboard, enabling water companies to have a better understanding of pressure testing, and therefore helping to reduce new network leaks by working with contractors to ensure best practice.
The PIPE dashboard provides customers with the data and insight to take control of their pipeline pressure testing, with GPS-enabled, location-specific tagging, enabling contractors to effectively coordinate pressure testing activities safely, to the highest standards on and across sites, ensuring only safe and compliant pipelines enter the network. To further show compliance all pressure test certificates can be downloaded from the platform’s certificate manager.
Ant Hire Solutions unique platform will enable water companies to manage the pressure testing of new pipelines entering the network conveniently, compliantly, and efficiently, while reducing paperwork and helping to hit leakage reduction targets.