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Clancy Docwra, Kier secure leakage detection contract with Anglian

Clancy Docwra and Kier have been awarded a contract to carry out leakage detection services for Anglian Water as part of the IMR Water alliance.

The two companies will jointly assume responsibility for the new contract, with Clancy Docwra carrying out leakage detection work across the western area of Anglian Water’s network while Kier will handle the eastern section.

The move to integrate the contracts reflects Anglian Water’s focus on driving down leakage across its network. The company reported its lowest recorded level of leakage over 2017-18, at 183 mega litres per day (ml/d) – significantly below its regulatory target of 192 ml/d.

The contract will see around 50 roles transferred over to Clancy Docwra and will place an increased emphasis on technological innovation to tackle leakage.

One of the leakage detection avenues currently being utilised sees the deployment of noise-logging devices across the network on a temporary basis, using audio technology to identify anomalies in water flow. Clancy Docwra will also work with Anglian Water to roll this technology out on a semi-permanent basis, which will allow for earlier intervention when leaks occur.

In the long-term, Clancy Docwra will work with the water company to explore additional techniques to improve leakage performance. The business has been working in partnership with Microsoft to look at how the use of machine learning tools can be used alongside its expertise in the field to pre-empt and respond to likely leakage points across the network.

Ronan Clancy, associate director at Clancy Docwra, said: "Bringing leakage detection firmly into the Anglian alliance will allow us to drive greater integration with our maintenance and repair activity.

"This will bring efficiencies in resource, as well as enabling an easier transfer of expertise across disciplines, ensuring we are attracting and retaining the best talent in the alliance overall.
“It will also mean that with Anglian and Kier, we can drive greater innovation in the methods and tools at our disposal to tackle the critical challenge of leakage – improving quality, consistency of supply and affordability.”

Sean McCarthy, head of leakage at Anglian Water, added: “We’re successfully driving down leakage volumes across our network, but at the same time recognise that we must do more to safeguard our resources. With Clancy Docwra we look forward to continuing our work in this crucial area – and to investing in new technology to build a more resilient and secure network.”

The IMR alliance was founded in 2015 with a 15-year contract, consisting of three five-year terms.

Last year, Anglian announced that it had jointly awarded a £40 million agreement for leak detection products to 10 suppliers until 2023.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Contractors , Leaks & bursts
Tags: Anglian Water , Clancy Docwra , Kier , leakage


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