Yorkshire Water makes big strides after successful satellite trial

Yorkshire Water is set to move to the second stage of its satellite leak detection trial after a hugely successful stage one.

The Innovation Team funded and managed the project which has helped the leakage team across Huddersfield and Dewsbury to find double the number of leaks compared to usual methods been used, saving 500,000 litres of water per day.

Traditionally, the technology is used to look for water on other planets including Mars, but is now being tested by water companies looking to innovate to help reduce leaks from pipes.

Yorkshire Water has opened up its data to Israeli company, Utilis who has used the satellites to provide Microwave ground penetrating imaging to show whether there is a leak on the network.

Yorkshire Water is now moving on to the second stage of the £300,000 investment and Utilis will provide images on some of the firm’s trunk mains in rural areas in west Yorkshire.

Trunk mains in remote areas are extremely difficult to get to for leakage inspectors and cover vast areas.

Jason Griffin, Yorkshire Water’s Leakage Technology Manager, said: “Water supply is a big priority for Yorkshire Water and is one of the company’s five big goals.

“As a company, we have set ourselves a leakage reduction target of 40% over the next seven years and we are hopeful satellites can play a role in helping us achieve that.

“We are thrilled with the results of the first trial and extremely excited about how satellites can help us find those burst pipes in remote locations.”

Yorkshire Water is also working with other water companies, discussing how the industry can make the most of this technology.

Across the region, Yorkshire Water maintains over 31,000km of water mains which supply over 1 billion litres of water every day.