Featured image: Urban Utilities' Civil Delivery Manager, Simon Johnson, and Spokesperson Michelle Cull. Courtesy of Urban Utilities.

Urban Utilities has partnered with Mass Products to develop a device which allows valves in the water network to be securely locked and isolated. 

The $400,000 project involved designing a fit-for-purpose lock-out device designed to improve safety and network security across the water industry. 

Urban Utilities spokesperson Michelle Cull said the innovation was designed to help protect workers and members of the public during network maintenance activities. 

“The water network is pressurised to ensure a safe and reliable service for customers – but this means there can be hazards if water is released when or where it shouldn’t be,” Ms Cull said. 

“This device means operators can’t inadvertently open or close a valve, improving safety for our workers and the wider community. It also prevents the potential tampering of valves which could lead to unnecessary water supply interruptions.” 

Urban Utilities worked with Mass Products to design a lock specifically for round valve boxes, making the device different to similar devices already on the market. 

These types of valves are commonly found throughout the water network in the Brisbane CBD. 

Mass Products’ Managing Director, Paul Harazim, said, “We’re really proud to have collaborated with Urban Utilities on this project. 

“Like Urban Utilities, safety is our number one priority and we’re glad we’ve been able to come up with a solution that enhances just that.” 

Mass Products developed several prototypes which were tested in the field and adjusted following feedback from crews. 

Urban Utilities is now conducting internal training ahead of the devices being rolled out. The devices will be used on all compatible valves during network isolations, and a mandatory condition of network access permits issued to delivery partners. 

Featured image: Urban Utilities’ Civil Delivery Manager, Simon Johnson, and Spokesperson Michelle Cull. Courtesy of Urban Utilities. 

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