Posted: Tuesday 13th July 2010

With estimates that 32 billion cubic metres of treated water are lost from global urban water supplies each year, a go-ahead UK start-up business has developed pioneering new technology to tackle the problem.

An innovative new system to reduce water leakage has been developed by two UK entrepreneurs.

Adam Kingdon and Andrew Burrows founded i2O Water in 2005, convinced that sophisticated new technology could help to solve the problem of leakage in water distribution networks, both across the UK and worldwide.

Five years on, i2O Water has installed its technology for 12 UK water companies - Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water, Northumbrian Water, Southern Water, Veolia Water Central, South East Water, Scottish Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, South Staffs Water and Portsmouth Water. The 42 systems are working very well and are achieving average leakage savings of 20% (50 cubic metres a day).

In April (2010) i2O received an order for 50 systems from Jalur Cahaya in Malaysia. Malaysia has 37 per cent non-revenue water and the Malaysian Government is investing large sums to reduce this.

When senior officials from the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water visited i2O Water’s Southampton headquarters they decided they wanted to install i2O’s technology. The i2O systems are already making a huge difference – by the end of May (2010), the first systems to be installed were already reducing leakage by more than 200 cubic metres a day each.

This year (2010) i2O Water has also received orders for its technology from Italy, Spain, Australia and Bulgaria.

Adam Kingdon, CEO of i2O Water, said: “We strongly believed that there was a need for new technology that could help solve the problem of leakage in water networks – and that this would become increasingly urgent as water became scarcer around the world.

“On average, each i2O system saves the equivalent of 50,000 litres of drinking water per day. If it was adopted throughout the UK, it would save over 200 million litres per day – enough to supply another 1 million people with water. As well as significantly reducing leakage and the number of new bursts, our technology helps to substantially reduce disruption caused by roads being dug up to find leaks and repair burst mains.

”We are very proud of what we have achieved. Our engineering team has developed a fantastically innovative solution to the massive worldwide problem of water leakage. We believe that our technology will become the industry standard worldwide and that it will have a huge impact in the coming years.”

i2O Water is based at the University of Southampton Science Park. The company employs 25 people and prides itself on being a forward-thinking UK company which has designed cutting-edge technology to help tackle a worldwide problem.

i2O Water was shortlisted in the best technology start-up category of the 2009 iawards for innovative British businesses.

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