AMR tracks down £20 000 a year water leak
The TEAM Sigma monitoring and targeting system at Teesside has identified a major water leak that had been costing £20 000 a year. The leak had been a problem for over 15 years, over which time it had cost £300 000.
The university uses the Sigma system to help manage billing data, automatic metering reading data and to create analysis reports. The software has been essential for detecting billing errors and discrepancies.
All buildings over 1000 m2 have AMR meters, and there are 283 in all. They cover electricity, gas, water, heat, server rooms, plant rooms and chillers, outside air temperature and DHW services.
Stephen Middleton, access control and energy-management administrator for the university explains, ‘We put an AMR on our main water meter and discovered that we were using an extortionate amount of water overnight. An extensive investigation with weeks of searching revealed a major leak below ground beside the Student Centre. We believe it must have been leaking for more than 15 years.’