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Water Joint Industry Project Proposal

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It is principally through the use of large flow meters that we quantify how much water is being abstracted from the environment, or being supplied to cities. The use of these meters is therefore vital to the water industry, yet there is a knowledge gap regarding the accuracy and performance of larger diameter flow meters.

A proposed Joint Industry Project (JIP) aims to fill this knowledge gap, update existing guidance, and provide a better understanding of the flow of water into the distribution network. This will lead to more accurate water balances and leakage determination while supporting the water companies in their quest to meet the regulatory mandated leakage reduction targets. Ultimately this will help to ensure more sustainable water management.

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is working with Arup and Water Research Centre (WRc) as the principal Technical Advisors to the project, and welcome other interested parties from the water industry to join.

The JIP intends to investigate the measurement uncertainty of large diameter flow meters together with the effects of ageing. It also plans to examine new emerging technologies that could be used as in-situ validation techniques for existing large diameter flow meters. Computational modelling will be used to understand the effects of pipeline disturbances on the flow within large pipes and the effects of electromagnetic interference on the accurate operation of flow meters.

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