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£46m telemetry equipment investment planned

Yorkshire Water has announced a major investment package of £46 million to renew and improve its telemetry equipment that helps control water distribution, quality and treatment throughout the region.

The investment will include the replacement of critical control systems that remotely manage the vast array of  Yorkshire's water infrastructure  - such as the firm's 600 waste water treatment works, 130 reservoirs and numerous storm water pumping stations.

Spread out over the next five years, the investment will help Yorkshire Water meet its core business objective of protecting the natural environment and ensuring a consistent supply of safe and clean water for its five million customers.

Nearly half of the money (£21 million) will be spent on updating around 2,000 instruments that are used to measure water quality and control water flow to ensure regulatory standards are met.

A further £18 million will be spent on communication systems which relay key performance information from infrastructure assets to the company’s head office in Bradford. A further £7m will be spent on site automation systems that run the firm’s water treatment and distribution processes.

Stephen Herndlhofer, Head of Information Services at Yorkshire Water, said: “We supply 1.2 billion litres of water and treat nearly one billion litres of waste water each and every day. To ensure our assets and infrastructure continue to meet this demand, we monitor them every minute of every day, employing modern and reliable control systems. This requires an ongoing programme of upgrade and replacement to meet ever more stringent environmental and water quality standards.

“By upgrading our telemetry equipment, it also reduces the risk of service failure by targeting maintenance and responding to failures before customers are affected. In turn, this helps us reduce operational costs and keep customers’ bills as low as possible.”

Yorkshire Water will work with its telemetry partners, Grontmij and Capula, as well as other approved suppliers to replace and update its telemetry equipment.

Since 2000, Yorkshire Water has more than tripled its annual investment in telemetry.

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