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Pilot smart sewer network planned for Ilkley

Yorkshire Water is planning an innovative smart wastewater network pilot in Ilkley, which will better inform a systematic approach to the management of Yorkshire’s wastewater.

The pilot will be use cutting edge monitoring and communications technology, Digital Twins (DT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Operational Technology (OT) solutions to improve understanding of sewer network performance, to reduce sewer flooding and pollution.

Smart monitoring, analytics and control solutions will be used to manage the flow of sewage from homes to treatment works in Ilkley and, once treated, discharges back into the environment. The pilot will ultimately offer real-time, end-to-end management and control of wastewater flows and assets, reducing intermittent discharges from CSOs, sewer flooding and improving energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. In conjunction with a range of wider initiatives the smart wastewater pilot will contribute to planned river water quality improvements in the River Wharfe.

This approach will enable Yorkshire Water to proactively intervene, protecting customers and the environment.

Richard Kershaw, Yorkshire Water wastewater innovation programme manager, said: “The technology available to us now means we are better able to access and analyse data from multiple sources. Ultimately, this provides us with greater visibility of what’s happening within the wastewater network so we can manage and control it better and respond to changes quickly and efficiently.

“The Ilkley project will tackle specific issues that are important to our customers locally, but they will each offer important learning for how we manage our network in the future and provide value to our customers throughout the region for the long term.”

Claire Green, Yorkshire Water’s manager of environment and wastewater strategy, said: “Projects like this will increase our understanding of the performance of the sewer network and could lead to a wide range of measures to improve the systematic approach we take to managing wastewater flows from sinks and toilets, through our networks and treatment works, and back to the environment.

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