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Ovarro collaborates on major smart water network trial

Advanced data-led technology from leakage specialist Ovarro is feeding into the largest smart water network pilot in the UK.
Ten Ovarro Enigma3hyQ remote leak loggers have been deployed by Yorkshire Water as part of a multi-stakeholder collaboration to reduce leakage and burst levels in the pilot area of Hadfield, Sheffield.
Yorkshire Water’s Hadfield Smart Water Network Pilot will integrate data from multiple new and existing sources, sensors, digital water meters, advanced analytics and telecommunications channels, and present it in a single visualisation platform.
Ovarro has worked in partnership with Yorkshire Water’s leakage reduction teams for more than 20 years, and is one of 18 companies in the digital water space taking part in the trial, which aims to revolutionise the way the company manages leaks and interruptions to supply.
The Enigma3hyQ is a correlating acoustic leak logger, which pinpoints leaks remotely in large diameter plastic or metal pipes, over long distances.
The acoustic loggers use a hydrophone sensor to record leak sound and data is fed into Ovarro’s cloud-based analytics platform, PrimeWeb.
As part of the pilot, Enigma3hyQ loggers are an area of 6.2 km.
Ovarro’s regional manager Ian Greenwell said: “We have a long and successful partnership with Yorkshire Water and around 280 Enigma3hyQ loggers have been closely monitoring parts of its network since February 2020
“As the UK water industry seeks to tackle water scarcity and deliver for customers and the environment, it is a fantastic example of an organisation embracing innovation to develop new ways of working.”
Yorkshire Water innovation programme manager Sam Bright added: “The information these generate already provide great insight on their own, so we are really excited to see the additional value we can leverage from the units once the data is combined with our other sensors within the area.”