A COLNE Valley firm providing flood detection equipment is helping organisations cut water costs and meet tighter environmental standards.
Andel Ltd, based at Marsden, has landed contracts worth thousands of pounds to install its Breeameter monitoring system to cut mains water leaks and reduce water bills at engineering firm BAE’s Preston operations and at the West Yorkshire Police scientific support unit in Wakefield.
New environmental benchmarks mean organisations are having to consider tackling not only leaks inside buildings, but to examine where pipes are buried or where water has a long way to travel from the boundary or internal mains supply.
Andel said the high risk of leaks going unnoticed carried cost implications and could lead to maintenance issues, losses or damage to property..
The Breeameter control panel is designed to be adapted for the lifetime of a building. As processes and staff numbers change or extensions are built to a company’s premises, the device is simply reset to meet changing requirements.
Andel group managing director Ian Pogson said: “Water metering and environmental awareness have made conservation increasingly critical and costly to ignore.
“We are experiencing rising levels of enquiry from major building contractors, mechanical and electrical engineers to help solve their problems in both new-build and retrofit applications.”
West Yorkshire Police commissioned Andel to provide the new equipment for computer server and water plant rooms at its new £12m Scientific Support Unit at Calder Park, where the force has committed itself to pledges regarding its environment credentials.
BAE Systems – which provides manufacturing and support for such major military programmes as the Eurofighter Typhoon and F35-Lightning II – has installed the Breeameter at its Samlesbury site in Lancashire, where it has expanded its manufacturing and office facilities and carried out infrastructure improvements.
Renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and biomass boilers are part of the specification and the scheme has already won a number of best practice and construction awards.
The Floodline Breeameter system offers flow monitoring and water leak detection to meet and exceed the W02 and W03 regulations – and can aid in the accumulation of credits.
The system uses two flow meters to monitor the mains water supply – one on the site boundary and the other within the premises, after the stop-cock.
Mr Pogson said: “We’ve identified a market need and invented Breeameter’s intelligent control panel to allow more flexibility than conventional meters.
“This means a much lower chance of repeated construction and installation costs as a building’s requirements change during its life cycle.”
Andel Ltd, formed in 1992, is a market leader in the design and development of leak detection systems with distributors across Europe, America and Canada, the Middle East, China and Brazil.
Its products and systems have been installed in Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and in locations belonging to UK government departments, TV and radio stations, computer and data centres, banks, sports centres, hospitals, art galleries, libraries and museums.