Water company Severn Trent asked business visitors at a technology event in Coventry University to explore new ideas to help tackle leakage.
More than 100 people from 38 organisations joined Severn Trent at the Coventry University Technology Centre to share their ideas as part of the four-day Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival. Together, they used each other’s expertise to explore new and innovative ways to find leaks for the water company, which serves around 8 million customers in the Midlands and Wales.
As part of the event, attendees took part in a design sprint and data hackathon facilitated by innovation consultancy +ADD Strategy. Teams pitched their concepts to a Dragons’ Den-style panel of judges who selected winners from four categories: best project concept, most innovative project concept, best applicable analytics and most innovative analytics.
Severn Trent’s Deputy Chief Engineer, Bob Stear, said: “Reducing leakage is one of our top priorities, so it was really refreshing to hear so many ideas using tried and tested methods – alongside new innovative technologies, from different industries, that we can explore further.
“We’ve been able to reduce leakage in the past year by four million litres a day. These ideas, and the opportunity to be able to explore new innovative concepts, will allow us to approach our leakage challenge with fresh thinking and work towards reducing it even more”
Severn Trent is investing £150 million on renewing water pipes between 2015 and 2020, and already uses drones and satellites to spot leaks from the sky in its bid to reduce leakage even further.