New water meters helping to detect thousands of leaks in southeast England


Darren Bentham,
Director of Market
Reform, Southern
Worthing, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — July 31, 2012 – More than two and half thousand suspected leaks have been detected by ‘intelligent’ water meters being installed by Southern Water, the company has reported.

Southern Water is currently in the midst of a program to install more than 500,000 automatic meter read meters for its customers across its service area of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent – an area that is officially defined as ‘water stressed’ – by 2015.

So far more than 200,000 new water meters have been installed, and over 2,600 alarms have been triggered by suspected leaks.

“There is a ‘leak alarm’ feature built into the new meters we are installing, and with around one in five leaks occurring on customers’ pipes, this will make it a lot easier to detect when water is escaping from household supply pipes or internal pipework,” said Darren Bentham, director of Market Reform for Southern Water. “It can vary from a leak on a supply pipe, to a dripping tap in a customer’s kitchen. Fixing a dripping tap can save up 5,000 litres of water a year.”

When the installation is completed in 2015, the AMR meters are expected to save Southern Water up to 5 million litres of water a day.