Exeter University software 'could reduce water leaks'

Scientists at Exeter University have created computer software which they hope will lead to a reduction in leaky water pipes.

The software searches for leaks by analysing the pressure of water in the pipes.

When a potential problem is identified, an alarm is generated to notify the control room operator.

The inventors hope it will lead to a reduction in the millions of litres of water which leaks from pipes every day.

South West Water said in 2010 that it loses an average of 84 million litres of water every day from leaks.

The scientists hope water companies and local authorities could soon be using this technology to help them identify problems and react to them to reduce risks and potential consequences.

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