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New flow testing facility to help water industry

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TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) has completed the investment and upgrade of its water flow testing facility.
The new facility will enable global water utility companies and meter manufacturers to assess flow meter performance more accurately, as part of their strategy to deliver more effective, economic and sustainable water management.
Accredited to ISO 17025, the facility’s enhanced digital capabilities offer improved process and data automation, alongside significantly lower calibration measurement uncertainty.
Muir Porter, head of facility operations at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, said: “The global water industry is under immense pressure to deliver environmentally responsible services and there is an urgent need to improve resource management.
“Metering is essential for managing water supplies, helping water utility companies to deal with a wide range of demands such as abstraction, leakage, service monitoring and customer billing accuracy. Without effective flow measurement, process control, monitoring capabilities and data reporting are impossible, significantly reducing efficiency, reliability, sustainably and potentially leading to regulatory noncompliance.”
NEL is the Designated Institute for Flow and Density Measurement and is responsible for maintaining the UK’s physical flow measurement standards.
As flow meter technologies are constantly enhanced, it is essential that the uncertainty of the Primary Physical National Flow Standard is sufficiently low enough to validate the performance of new flow meters. NEL’s facility upgrade investment ensures that the water flow national standard is far enough advanced to stay ahead of industry and societal needs.