Grundfos, a global company in advanced pump solutions and water technologies, has completed the acquisition of XPV Water Partners portfolio company Metasphere, a provider of telemetry and analytics solutions for water networks.
By adding the capabilities of Metasphere to its portfolio, Grundfos is set to provide its global municipal customers even stronger offerings. The partnership will help make water networks worldwide more robust in the face of climate change.
Water system failures cost cities a total of US$194bn annually — a number which is said to rise with climate change and resulting extreme weather events. Sewer networks are heavily impacted, but with Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled hardware and weather data along with strong analytics, the challenges can be reduced, according to Grundos.
Further, the UK is said to be at the forefront of combatting sewer overflow. Despite this and improvements in recent years, raw sewage flowed into rivers and seas in England for more than 1.75 million hours in 2022. This includes sewer overflows caused by blockages and intrusion, causing damage to property and the environment.
Water companies across the world battle sewer overflow. Against this backdrop, the acquisition of Metasphere is a milestone in Grundfos’ strategy to add to the company’s competencies within pumps and hydraulics to address it in a holistic network perspective. Among Metasphere’s offerings is its ART Sewer integrated solution, which provides hardware and analytics software for the prediction and prevention of sewer network overflows. With its proven easy-to-install deployment and insights, ART Sewer supports leading water utilities combat the effects of environmental change.
Tim O’Brien, Metasphere CEO, said: “Joining forces with one of the big names in the water utility industry is a milestone on the journey towards our vision of zero spillage. With Grundfos, we will explore ways to utilise different assets in a sewer network to avoid overflow across its global network.”