On Tuesday 30th January, our senior water managers of the RPS Water business held an AMP7 workshop in Birmingham, UK to discuss OFWAT’s recently announced leakage commitments for the new AMP cycle between 2020–2025.
In its final methodology for the PR19 Price Review report, OFWAT defined its ambitious leakage commitments to include a 15% reduction by 2025, and upper quartile performance on leakage per property per day throughout the 2020-25 period.
"Delivering such a significant reduction in leakage poses a real challenge to the water industry. In order to respond appropriately and to deliver these targets, both water companies and the supply chain will need to work collaboratively and drive further innovation" explained RPS Managing Director Paul Aitken.
"We felt it was crucial to hold an internal workshop to share views amongst our Water leadership team and formulate a coherent plan to meet the needs of the sector in response to recent regulatory challenges."
The team discussed the current leakage activities RPS provides to UK water companies spanning strategic consultancy, network operations and software solutions as context to subsequent discussions which identified a number of potential business opportunities, as well as associated risks to be proactively considered, across the three main areas of leakage: Upstream Leakage, Distribution Leakage and Customer Side Leakage.
Following the AMP workshop, RPS has formulated initial ideas on the best way to help our water customers meet the AMP7 targets through adopting a complete strategy to operations approach, which we will continue to build upon in the next workshop.
This is the first of many workshops that RPS’ UK water division plan to hold in the lead up to AMP7 to ensure we best support our customers to achieve their AMP7 objectives. The next of these will focus on the flooding and pollution challenges facing the water sector.