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Thames Water unveils £1bn tech investment plan


Thames Water has unveiled plans to invest £1bn in new technology for its water and waste operations in a bid to boost efficiency by 20 per cent.

The investment, which will be rolled out over the next six years, will help boost the utility companys data management for a range of issues such as fixing leaks and getting customers to reduce their consumption.

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John Beaumont, Thames Water chief digital officer, said: “This is a landmark and transformative moment in our companys rich history, taking the old and making it fit for the future.

“Were doing this by building a digital-first water company that will deliver an ever-improving service for our customers and dramatically boost efficiency across the board.”

The move comes after Thames Water was hit with a £65m fine by regulator Ofwat last year after an investigation found the firm had failed to adequately control leaks.

The company has already launched a new app, which helps engineers locate and resolve issues such as burst pipes.

The investment will also help fund a new customer care platform and the installation of 700,000 domestic smart meters to help people control their usage.

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