Sappel, a business unit of Diehl Metering, has been working with United Utilities on the development of its metering infrastructure as part of an extensive 10-year contract. The Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology, using drive-by equipment, provides transparent consumption and enables future-orientated energy data management.

United Utilities maintains a network of 42 000 kilometres of water pipes and 76 000 kilometres of sewers to supply the north-west of England with drinking water and waste water services – and is thus one of the largest water utilities in Great Britain. The company supplies three million households and 200 000 industrial and commercial customers from Crewe to Carlisle including the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool.

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