Village Critical Infrastructure Replacement

Published on : 6/18/24
  • Sodexo delivers integrated facilities management services for one of its largest clients’ assets in Australia’s Pilbara Region of Western Australia. It comprises operational sites, accommodation, commercial buildings, and residential properties across 32 villages, 5 towns, and 5 aerodromes.

    Challenge

    The Pilbara is a remote arid region in northwest Western Australia. This harsh and remote environment imposes significant challenges in maintaining the serviceability and availability of water networks across the region. 

     A 2020 leak detection survey of a single site uncovered 17 significant leaks. Water loss in such a remote and arid environment can significantly impact the wellbeing of village residents, with the potential to halt operations if left unresolved. 

    Sodexo Solution

    Working with its client, Sodexo introduced a remote water monitoring and management system comprising sensors, loggers, instrumentation, and data transmission equipment – commonly referred to as Internet of Things (IoT) technology. 

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    We have replaced 60 km of water pipes in 4 villages, and similar works are planned for 4 more villages over the coming years.

    Works were completed on fully operational sites, with construction closely managed through proper planning, scheduling, and stakeholder management to minimise service interruptions and adverse impacts on village residents. Horizontal drilling technology and articulated potholing are also minimising construction time. 

    Impact - Achieved Together

    village_critical_infrastructure_replacement_workingIoT wireless technology allows real-time remote monitoring of potable and wastewater treatment plants to detect anomalies such as burst water pipes. This reduces water waste, service interruptions, and unplanned demand on the facility maintenance teams.

    This initiative saves natural resources while reducing waste in keeping with Sodexo and its client’s Corporate Responsibility commitments. 

    To date, this project has saved 6 million litres of water daily - equivalent to two Olympic pools or enough to supply the daily recommended intake of water to Western Australia’s entire population. 

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