Prediction Of Discolouration in Distribution Systems

PODDS is a sustainable and zero-waste approach developed at The University of Sheffield to safely manage drinking water distribution systems using innovative and low-cost hydraulic strategies with free modelling support tools (PODDS APP and VCDM). Proven to control discolouration and other water quality risks, the pro-active capability delivers understanding of network behaviour supporting operational or capital investment with benefits including improved resilience, disinfectant retention and customer service.

"Working with UK water companies, it has been shown discolouration can be sustainably managed by non-disruptive pro-active hydraulic conditioning. Application of the research to 2,686km of trunk mains between 2015-2020 delivered over £411m savings in operational and capital expenditure." REF 2021


Professor Joby Boxall

Dr Stewart Husband

Prediction Of Discolouration in Distribution Systems (PODDS) was developed on fundamental research supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.