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UK cloud solution helps Malaysia save 40m litres of water per day

AvantiKumar | March 30, 2012
Malaysia's SYBAS selects UK's i2O Water technology to reduce water leakage in Selangor.

i20 CEO - Adam Kingdon

PHOTO - i2O Water CEO and co-founder, Adam Kingdon.

Cloud-driven technology from UK firm i2O Water could help Malaysian water utility provider SYBAS recover 40 million litres of water per day, which is normally lost through leakage in the state of Selangor.

The Southampton-based i2O Water has been working with Malaysia's largest water utility SYBAS and its local partner, non-revenue water specialist firm Jalur Cahaya (JCSB) since 2010, said i2O chief executive officer and co-founder, Adam Kingdon, on 28 March 2012.

i2O's solution, which monitors and controls water networks, has installed more than 200 of its pressure management systems across SYBAS's water distribution network, which has saved enough water for 180,000 people, said Kingdon.

"We are always looking for new technology to assist in non-revenue water reduction works and our investment in 200 i2O systems since April 2010 has given us 40 MLD (megalitres per day) additional leakage savings to date," said Jalur Cahaya managing director, Sheikh Mazlan Sheikh Hassan. "The i2O systems are also helping us to reduce our operating costs in terms of leak repairs by as much as 40 percent."

Sheikh Mazlan said that as well as reducing leakage and saving massive amounts of water per day, i2O Water has also helped to reduce pipe bursts by 40 percent. In turn, this has substantially reduced the disruption caused by roads being dug up to find leaks and repair burst mains, thereby reducing companies' operating expenses. It has also cut energy costs and improved levels of customer service.

SYABAS supplies water to 7.3 million people across the state of Selangor and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Average global water loss up to 50 percent

"We are delighted to be working with SYABAS and Jalur Cahaya, and are very proud that our technology is making such a major contribution to Selangor's water resource issues," said i2O's Kingdon. "Not only that, the i2O pressure management system can be implemented within months, whereas building a new treatment plant would take years."

He said the World Bank estimated that every year, 32 billion cubic metres of treated water are lost from urban water supplies around the world. In the developing world, the average non-revenue water loss approaches 50 percent of the water actually produced. Any significant reduction in this figure could give millions more people access to clean running water.

Founded in 2005, UK-based i2O Water has developed award-winning technology to monitor and control water distribution networks for water companies around the world including the UK, Spain, Italy, Romania, Cyprus, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.


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