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Process and control today | Solving water loss for life – GF Piping Systems tackles the global problem

Throughout the series, host Andrew Walker welcomes industry insiders and experts from various parts of the water sector. Together they cover a wide range of topics, starting with the question of how utilities are currently affected by water loss to discussing advanced smart water networks of the future. However, a central theme remains in the spotlight: with losses of 126 billion m³ of water and 39 billion dollars per year, as well as the threat of climate change, it is imperative to solve the problems of water loss.

Laying the groundwork in the early episodes, experts conclude that overcoming water loss requires a two-pronged approach: utilities must deal with commercial losses with improved management and governance within their organizations, while technology companies must find the optimal technical solutions for physical losses. As a number of case studies from around the world show, utilities today rely heavily on intelligent pressure management technology such as NeoFlow from GF Piping Systems. The pressure regulating valve with a simple and lightweight polymer body can be connected to modern sensors and actuators that control water flow and quality.

In order to effectively solve water loss, utilities must also select the right piping material, as Andrew Walker learned during his visit to GF Piping Systems’ microscopy lab, where product research and development in the company’s polyethylene are led. Because the material is corrosion free and has a much longer life than metal, polyethylene piping systems have been able to significantly reduce water loss for many utilities. Here, a project in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is used as an example by the expert panel in episode three. Since even the best technology can fail when installed incorrectly, Andrew Walker also visits some of GF Piping Systems’ training facilities. In addition to traditional welding techniques, viewers get a glimpse of ultrasonic non-destructive testing that ensures the best possible pipe connections as well as immersive virtual reality training methods.

Continuing the digital theme, episode five concludes the series with a forward-thinking panel of experts discussing smart technologies that are helping solve water loss today and in the future. Experts make it clear that data is the most important asset for utilities, as it can yield insights that lead to smart decisions and actionable actions. Looking to the future, the importance of new technologies such as self-powered sensors, remotely controlled pressure management and outsourced data analysis is also highlighted.

Watching the five episodes of the “Solving Water Loss for Life” webcast series, Attila Mehes, CoC Product Management Utility Manager at GF Piping Systems, is very pleased with the results: “As a As a company specializing in safe and reliable water transport, we are keenly aware of the challenges faced by utilities around the world. No one can solve these problems alone, so we wanted to create a platform that connects experts around the world to start this important conversation. We hope we were able to inform and inspire people throughout the roundtables and we will continue to develop the best possible flow solutions in the fight against water loss.

Register today to learn more about how GF Piping Systems is solving water loss for life and to watch all five episodes of the webcast series: https://www.gfps.com/resolutionwaterlosseries

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