UK Water Industry seeks ideas to minimise excavations 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 with the associated excavation activities are a key part of the challenge to reduce leakage, however current processes for excavating buried pipes are slow, disruptive, labour-intensive and can lead to unintentional damage to neighbouring assets.

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