Water Loss Asia 2022

The biennial Water Loss Asia (WLA) 2022 conference was held in a virtual format this year on 8-10 November. Supported by International Water Association (IWA) Water Loss Specialist Group, WLA 2022 brings together experts and leaders in the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) industry. The 3-day conference focused on controlling NRW through a deep exploration of digital technology and artificial intelligence available on the market today.

The water industry was adversely affected by the pandemic, with unprecedented slowdowns and changes in working methods. On the other hand, it has accelerated positive digital transformation. The resumption of commercial and social activities is both an opportunity and a challenge for water service providers. The water sector can rebuild a more sustainable and resilient water sector by adopting appropriate digital technologies for long-term water security.

Stuart presented a paper on “Trialling Artificial Intelligence to Find Leaks in Melbourne CBD.” The paper covered a trial of AI to analyse noise files collected by 50x NB-IoT noise loggers. Noise loggers present a great opportunity to monitor a network for leaks and using AI can assist with prioritisation of leak alerts and filtering out the false alerts. The trial demonstrated that leakage monitoring could be carried out even during Melbourne’s pandemic lockdowns, resulting in a reduced footprint on site. No longer is every asset required to be physically inspected for leak noise. With permanent (or semi-permanent) monitoring existing and emerging leaks can be pinpointed remotely by in-the-cloud correlations. Due to the power of NB-IoT noise files, recorded by the loggers when a continuous leak noise signature is detected, can be listened to remotely on any Internet-enabled device. Combining the learning algorithm of the artificial intelligence with manual checks the number of site visits can be reduced and the accuracy of the leak alerts increased. This saves time, and hence leakage volume, reduces our carbon footprint via fewer site visits and dry holes dug, and reduces exposure and possible transmission of COVID-19. With the advent of Water 4.0 the water industry now has many more exciting and technical tools to combat inefficient water leakage.

Mental Health First Aid Training

As a workplace health and safety initiative, the UWS team participated in a Mental Health First Aid training course. It was great to have most of the team together again for the two-day course. Conducted by Lauren Gledhill from Workplace Interventions, the course provides eligibility to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider.

Approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Having mental health first aid skills means we can assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Fancy Footwork For Fareshare

UWS will once again step up to raise money for FareShare. We are aiming to walk 150km for the FareShare FootSteps Challenge.

FareShare cooks thousands of meals every day in their Melbourne and Brisbane kitchens for people experiencing hardship.

If you would like to sponsor us and help us achieve our goal of raising $2,000, please follow the link below.

https://fareshare-footsteps-2022.raisely.com/teamuws

The money you donate will support FareShare to cook more free, nutritious meals for people in crisis at a time of great community need.

Water Loss Conference 2022

The International Water Association’s biennial Water Loss Conference was held between June 19-22 at the Prague Congress Centre in the Czech Republic and was attended by over 350 delegates from 52 countries.

Urban Water Solutions’ Stuart Stapely chaired the second of two sessions on “Leak Detection technologies, strategies, equipment” held in the main conference North Hall.

Stuart gave a presentation on “Trialing Artificial Intelligence to find Leaks in Melbourne” in the “Innovative AI and Modelling Solutions” session. The presentation went well and elicited many interesting questions from the audience.  Stuart’s presentation can be accessed via the conference website. (https://www.waterloss2022.org/) Read more “Water Loss Conference 2022”

UWS Picnic

UWS families and friends met for a Covid safe picnic on the banks of the Yarra River on a sunny afternoon in April.  Neil impressed everyone with the amazing array of smoked foods – which was lucky as the BBQs we had planned to use weren’t working.  It was great to see everyone again in three dimensions.

Helping at FareShare

Urban Water Solutions staff and family were delighted to volunteer again at FareShare’s Abbotsford kitchens in March. We packed around 250 nutritious single serve meals and chopped up many crates of vegetables grown in FareShare’s very own kitchen gardens.

FareShare is Australia’s largest charity kitchen. Their meals are distributed free of charge to charities and community groups. The demand for FareShare meals has surged in the past 2 years due to the pandemic, rolling lockdowns, bushfires and floods, and FareShare has increased meal production to match this rising demand.

Visit https://www.fareshare.net.au/ to learn more about FareShare and the good work that they do.

New Graduate Engineer – Lachlan Powell

Urban Water Solutions are pleased to announce that Lachlan Powell has started today in his new role as Graduate Engineer.

Lachie completed his Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce in 2021 while working part time at UWS as a Technical Officer.

Welcome to the full time team Lachie.