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AI for high-efficiency Water Networks

Artificial intelligence for saving water resources and energy on water distribution networks

June 2021
Gallery AI for high-efficiency Water Networks 1
Gallery AI for high-efficiency Water Networks 1


HpO® aims at making public water distribution networks more efficient, sustainable and resilient today and in the next decades. HpO® relies on Artificial Intelligence and engineering services to predict failures, prevent leaks and save water resources and energy on water distribution networks. It gives two valuable outputs: which streets to inspect first for leak detection so as to reduce the duration of existing leaks; and which network components to replace first for maximum technical and financial performance to reduce the number of leaks in the future. HpO® also accounts for the ageing of water networks everywhere in the world. They are buried and the threat remains invisible. The investment costs for water network replacement are too high to be sustainable on a short period of time. This investment has to be stretched out over decades, starting today. HpO® helps to predict risks and target the replacements where they will be the most efficient, year after year.

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Label Date June 21, 2021
By Altereo
From France
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

Implementation Stories

AI for high-efficiency Water Networks by Altereo
Implemented by Grand Annecy in Annecy (France) in 2022

The Greater Annecy area, a French agglomeration community, is in its first year of using HpO® technology. The analysis of 2,000 past failures has enabled the prediction of the risk of failure and the development of an optimized replacement program for its 1,660 km of drinking water networks for the next 5 years, with an allocated budget of 5 million euros per year, which corresponds to 1% of the network replaced each year.


The predictive approach here is twice as effective as replacing the pipes according to their age


The environmental benefits

  • Can avoid up to 10 times more failures and leaks than current practices
  • Can help water utilities reduce water losses by 50% within a few years of targeted leak detection and network replacement
  • Can help water utilities reduce CO2 emissions from water production by half within a few years

The Financial benefits

  • Payback time of under 4 years
  • Can help water utilities enhance the efficiency of their investments for network replacement, which can amount to millions of euros per year
  • Helps to optimise the use of the water already available in their pipes and avoid massive investments to mobilise new water resources (dams, feeder pipelines)

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Company Profile

Headquarters 13770 Venelles, France

Networking Partner


ADEME - The French Agency for Ecological Transition- is a public agency under the joint authority of the Ministry for an Ecological Transition and the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

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