Southern Water is installing intelligent water meters which have detected more than two-and-a-half thousand suspected water leaks, the company has reported.
The Southern Water program will install more than 500,000 automatic meter real meters for it’s customers across it’s service area of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent which is officially an area that is water stressed, by 2015.
They have so far installed 20,000 new water meters 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.”
Once the meters are fully installed in 2015 they are expected to save Southern Water up to 5 million litres a day.