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CP476  Innovative Full-bore hydrant insertion meter development Metering
Project Appreciation and Objectives

The water industry has identified a need for a low cost solution for temporary flow monitoring in the network for, amongst other applications, hydraulic model calibration, leakage investigations, water accounting and investigation of anomalies in flows at DMA or sub-DMA levels.

The primary objective of this project is to engage with potential suppliers to facilitate accelerated development and market entry of an insertion flow measurement device that will pass through a full-bore hydrant and measure flows in a clean water network.

Business Benefits to Clients

  • Independent evaluation of low cost solutions for temporary flow monitoring.
  • More informed decision making by procurement departments.
  • Cost effective method of engaging with a number of suppliers.

Work Programme

  1. Approach and engage with shortlisted suppliers.
  2. Evaluate and test prototypes developed by suppliers.
  3. Prepare a report detailing the testing results.

Project Output and Implementation

The project will deliver an agreement with a supplier(s) to provide an innovative insertion meter, which can be deployed through an open bore hydrant that is backed up by independent evaluation and validation test data.

This will be supported by a report that will include records of liaison with suppliers, the test protocols, the results of the testing work and technical review of potential devices and a matrix matching instruments to the technical requirements.

This will be used by water distribution strategy managers to plan and implement studies using appropriate flow monitoring equipment and by procurement for informed equipment and supplier selection.

Related WRc Work

  • Feasibility Study for Metering Through Full-bore Hydrants, 2011-2012.
  • New Method for the Inspection of Sewage Rising Mains, 2009-2011.
  • CP378 WRc Instrument User Group, 2008-2011
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