UK utility develops smart water network

Severn Trent Water is using internet of things (IoT) and smart technology to digitally transform its water network in the UK city of Coventry and county of Warwickshire as part of its Green Recovery programme.

The £20m project will include installation of more than 150,000 LoRaWan-enabled smart water meters from Itron as well as a large-scale, carrier-grade LoRaWan network from smart city infrastructure provider Connexin.

Real-time data

The solutions will enable Severn Trent Water to remotely gather, access and analyse data from across the network in real-time.

Access to this real-time data on water usage will, reportedly, help Severn Trent Water enhance operations across its Coventry and Warwickshire network to improve services, reduce costs for both customers and the provider and help protect the environment.

This will be achieved through allowing Severn Trent Water to monitor consumption more accurately to ensure customers are being charged correctly, identify leaks or burst pipes faster and address these at the earliest point, reduce emission and monitor asset conditions to ensure the network is operating effectively and reduces repair or damage costs.

“We’re really excited to have Connexin and Itron on board to help us drive this ambitious and exciting project for the region,” said Anthony Hickinbottom, Green Recovery project lead.

“With the expertise and knowledge between them, they will play a vital role in ensuring we’re implementing a smart meter data network that will bring with it a whole host of benefits that could also save our customers money.

“We all have a vital role in making sure we’re looking after water and doing right by it. This project will give us valuable learnings and insight in shaping how the industry can better understand where water is used, and make sure we’re looking after it for the future.”

Roll-out of the smart network and meters is due to begin in March 2022.

“IoT and smart technologies have a vital role to play in helping create more efficient water networks which benefit providers, customers and the environment,” said Ralph Varcoe, managing director IoT at Connexin.

“Through our team’s and Itron’s expertise in the sector, we can ensure we create a modern network that provides better results for everyone.”

Justin Patrick, senior vice president, device solutions, Itron, added: “Itron has decades of experience helping water utilities improve their operations through advanced metering solutions. We look forward to collaborating with Seven Trent to deploy our smart water metering technology to enhance operational efficiency and conserve precious water resources.”