The Met Office will show its new leakage model along with its other Weather Intelligence. Models for demand, seasonal night use, pipe burst and turbidity data - at the UK Water Annual Leakage Conference, 24 October 2013.
Historically water leakage has been difficult for water companies to quantify or forecast accurately across water networks and resource zones, because of the large weather dependency. Understanding this weather dependency enables accurate modelling and reporting of the leakage.
Leakages account for up to 30% of the total annual distribution input across the water company's network. The Met Office's leakage prediction model assesses and predicts the influence of weather on leakage, which is known to particularly increase in periods of winter weather. The model allows for the close management of weather related leakage, on a week by week basis, enabling the water company to monitor and review its leakage strategy and expenditure on leakage reduction work can be set against levels of risk. >> More