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Uk water company tenders £800m clean water network contract

UK water company Yorkshire Water has gone out to tender with a £800 million clean water network reactive repair and maintenance contract.

The eight-year deal will commence from April next year and will drive several OFWAT performance commitments. The tender will cover a range of services including reactive repairs, metering and new connections.

The contract is being tendered in the following five Lots:

  • Lot 1 – an urgent rapid response service focused on mains bursts
  • Lot 2 – a planned reactive service focused heavily on proactive leakage repairs
  • Lot 3 – a bespoke service for new connections
  • Lot 4 – a metering service covering both domestic and non-domestic work
  • Lot 5 – an innovation market place to be used to procure new, innovative approaches to delivery of R&M services.

Yorkshire Water is placing extra emphasis on innovation to maintain its position as an industry leader with Lot 5, setting out the water company’s plan for a ‘clean R&M innovation market place’. This is designed to complement the company’s existing innovation programme and provide a procurement route to scale up market-ready new technologies.

The innovation focused Lot will be used to run mini-competitions in the coming years designed to stimulate the market place and bring in new entrants, as well as providing a procurement route to rapidly scale and roll out solutions. The water company said consideration would be given to credible solutions that are approaching market readiness and have a credible plan to achieve this within a 12-24-month period.

Areas where Yorkshire Water looking to drive innovation include:

  • no dig technology
  • pipe lining
  • leakage detection
  • condition assessment

Yorkshire Water Director of Water Service Delivery, Neil Dewis, said:

“This is a significant investment in our water network aimed at reducing leakage and improving our customer experience – we want to create a smart network that delivers.

“I am excited to see the new and innovative ideas that these companies will bring ot the table, as well as building on the great experience we provide today.”

Yorkshire Water will be holding a webinar in mid-February and releasing further detailed information to interested parties before holding a market day in late February. The company will then be looking to issue a contract notice towards the end of March.

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