The consequences of burst water mains are exacerbated in areas where there is an identified high risk of surface water flooding and where the areas is a vital transportation node / route. A review of historical information on burst water pipes provide numerous examples of significant consequences to the local environment, due to the high level of surface water risk and intense transportation disruptions. By understanding which particular locations of underground water pipes are also at a high risk of surface water flooding and transportation nodes, Water Companies can add mature knowledge of the risk of societal disruption and prioritize mitigations and asset maintenance work accordingly, achieving a benefit of reducing the risk of burst water main incidents having significant societal impact.
Idea No. 384