Xylem and Idrica, leaders in digital transformation for water utilities, have been distinguished with the Smart Water Networks Award at last month’s prestigious Water Industry Awards, for their work on the ground-breaking Hadfield Smart Water Network project in Sheffield – a collaboration with valued partners Yorkshire Water and Stantec.
The ambitious Hadfield Smart Water Network project is poised to shape the future of water network management in the UK. Its aim is to establish the largest smart water network in the nation, addressing water leakage issues and optimising operations and maintenance. Thanks to the innovative Xylem Vue Powered by GoAigua solution, developed from the strategic partnership between Idrica and Xylem, the project has successfully harnessed smart water best practices, setting an inspiring precedent for sustainability and efficiency.
Remarkably, the project has already facilitated a significant 32% reduction in leakage in high-intensity monitoring District Meter Areas (DMAs), resulting in fewer repair and maintenance activities. The outcomes are tangible: a 41% reduction in associated CO2 emissions and a substantial decrease in visible leaks by 57%.
Andrew Welsh, Water Utilities Sales Director at Xylem said, “This award recognises the exceptional teamwork and innovation involved in this project. Advanced technologies are enabling water utilities to take decisive, proactive measures to enhance water networks. The Hadfield Smart Water Network project exemplifies the potential of smart water networks to modernise the UK water industry. We’re delighted to be a key player in this innovative project that’s leading the future of water management in the UK.”
Chema Nebot, Idrica’s VP EMEA/APAC/Brazil, added: “We’re grateful for this opportunity to apply our technology and expertise in Yorkshire. The synergy between Xylem, Stantec, and us has elevated the robustness of data management infrastructure and value-added functionalities to new heights. This award truly embodies the power of collaboration in achieving water management excellence.”
The Power of Machine Learning and AI
The project deployed cutting-edge technologies and advanced analytics, combining data from multiple smart sensors and systems, such as AMI, AMR, SCADA, acoustic, hydrophone, flow, pressure, and water quality monitors. By harnessing the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the innovative solutions optimised the management of the water network, from monitoring water losses and network calming to community engagement and customer service.
The Sheffield Smart Water Network project’s influence extends beyond its initial parameters. Given that only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, its implications for the broader water sector are profound.