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Thames Water launches £200M leak detection contract

Water pipe

Thames Water has launched a £203M contract of works to detect faults within its pipes.

It comes after all England and Wales water suppliers submitted their business plans for 2020-2025 to Ofwat, with a big onus on tackling infrastructure problems.

In total Thames Water pledged to invest £11.7bn in upgrades, including £2.1bn to “boost resilience and reduce leakage” by 15% by 2025.

Earlier this year it was revealed that around 3bn.l of water is lost to leaking infrastructure each day in England, piling pressure on a system which could see the country facing water shortages by 2050.

The tender of works is split into four lots and includes open sounding, lift and shift logging, leak noise correlating and further leakage checks.

The tender states: “Leak Detection is a high profile category for Thames Water, it includes the proactive detection of non-visible leaks, specialised consulting and additional projects related to leakage detection.

“Activities related to the detection of leakage are performed across three regions: North London, South London and Thames Valley.”

It adds: “Reducing the leakage levels will limit Thames Water’s impact on the environment and achieve a socially responsible, sustainable business for future generations, including reducing levels of leakage.

“A step change in current performance is required to make sure Thames Water meets its leakage target and commitments.”

All four lots can be awarded to one contractor. Any agreement will be awarded for maximum term of eight years.

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