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Minimal excavation to combat leakage workshop

29th September 2021

UK Water Industry calls for delegates to participate in a workshop to shape the future of minimal excavation technology as part of journey to tackle leakage

United Kingdom Water Industry Research (UKWIR) is pleased to announce a new and exciting project to examine in detail the potential for transferring minimal excavation methods from outside the sector to the Water Industry. The project is being delivered by the Water Research Centre (WRc) with support from SGN and UKWIR member water companies.

The UK Water Industry is committed to making significant reductions in leakage to safeguard the supply-demand balance in the future, as well as delivering on the net zero roadmap. Safely and efficiently repairing leaks and the associated excavation activities are a key part of the challenge of reducing leakage, however current processes for excavating buried pipes are, slow, disruptive, labour-intensive and can lead to unintentional damage to neighbouring assets.

This new project aims to identify potential technologies and processes which can help solve this problem, considering all aspects from pre excavation asset location through to reinstatement. The industry intends to set out a clear route map to overcome the associated challenges, adopt new processes and meet challenging leakage targets while also reducing disruption to customers.

WRc, the lead contractor commissioned by UKWIR to undertake the work, will be hosting a workshop to identify the challenges relating to the implementation of minimal excavation technology in the water industry. The overall aim of the workshop will be to provide clarity over the critical issues that need to be resolved to enable these technologies to be widely adopted in the water industry.

The workshop will be held on line on the 29th September 2021 and WRc are keen to invite participation from individuals with an interested in, or experience of, minimal excavation technology and how it can be applied to the UK water industry.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting and influential event, please contact the organisers at technology@wrcgroup.com giving your name, job title, organisation and why you would be interested in attending. The deadline for applications is 17th September 2021.


29th September 2021
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United Kingdom