• Our vision
    Clean pipes...CLEAN WATER
  • Cast Iron/Bitumen Lined Pipes
  • drinking water pipeline

“Ironing out”
the age old issue of discolouration
in drinking water pipes

Intelligent gels have created an innovative new product that can define a new era in drinking water pipeline cleaning across the globe.

Come and meet us

Matt Wilson & John Fyfe at Pitch@Palace Boot Camp

@ Hult International Business School, 9th/10th October

Who are we?

Intelligent Gels have created a range of gel products to clean and remove materials from pipeline systems.

Our patented chemistries are environmentally safe products, which are Biodegradable. Intelligent Gels, based in Aberdeen, are ideally placed to serve many sectors with over 60 years business experience.

With a fully equipped laboratory and an innovative range of 'green' gel chemistry, engineering capabilities and consultancy, we can deliver a combination of expertise and excellence to our clients.

We are able to provide a complete technical, manufacturing & on-site gel management service.


Why did we innovate?

After a 6 month consultation period with leading Utility sector figures, we started creating solutions to the most common and difficult issues facing the Utility sector, i.e. drinking water pipeline systems.

The biggest issue we could solve was removing the source of discoloured water in cast iron or bitumen lined pipelines.

We have created a gel to capture, retain and remove the particulate matter leaving the pipeline clean along with eliminating non-compliance after effects caused by aggressive cleaning.


Did you know?

This is a drinking water pipeline

The effectiveness of flushing in removing sediment is poor
and wastes vast volumes of clean water.

Gel cleaning is the solution.

The problem:

Known sector issues

  • Currently, the dis-colourisation problem is addressed using pipeline flushing, which, by its nature uses a lot of water.
  • If you cannot create turbulence in the pipe to lift and remove the problem then you basically waste water, not environmentally sound in any part of the world.
  • In large diameter trunk mains no cleaning technique is currently available that addresses a large number of regulatory or water quality parameters and variables. We have the solution.
  • There are other techniques (Ice Pigging, Swabbing, Air Scouring) that are aggressive on the surface of the pipeline but can be too aggressive, thus damaging the pipeline and creating an iron leaching problem. In effect you can be worse off than when you started. Our gel is soft and wipes the pipeline walls, no damage.
Using a gel to capture, retain and remove the particulate matter is, in our opinion, the only applicable technique that both cleans and does not create non-compliance after effects.

Who are our clients?

All UK and overseas water suppliers who are required to provide clean water that complies with regulatory standards. They will require a solution to removing the source of dis-colourisation in drinking water pipelines made from a range of pipeline materials such as cast iron, concrete lined cast iron, coal tar or bitumen lined pipes.

More Information:

Our key UK relationships are currently with:
  • Anglian Water
  • Welsh Water
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Scottish Water
The Chief Inspector of Drinking Water for England regulates the quality of water supplied by water companies and also carries out checks to ensure that local authorities are meeting their responsibilities for the regulation of private water supplies. Inspectors are collectively known as the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI ). For more information about regulation, please contact us.
The current cleaning program exists as part of the current AMP cycle. AMP 6 (Asset Management Period) is the water industry price control and investment period which will run from 2015 to 2020.
Km of cast iron pipework (UK)
Discoloured water
customer Complaints/yr
(£'s) Paid in Penalties/Yr
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The Case Study

In AMP4 Anglian Water experienced an interruption to supply in the local area of the main used in this project.

If the Interruption to Supply ODI was in effect it would have been a significant scoring event.

After an investigation they concluded that if they had the main used in this project was in service they would have mitigated that supply interruption. Anglian Water had no options capable of cleaning a bitumen/coal tar lined main available.

  • The main used for the trial was a redundant section of bitumen/coal tar lined cast iron.
  • It had been taken out of service 20+ years previously due to concerns it would leak under the A45.
  • The main was due to be ‘cut and capped’, decommissioned prior to this trial being conducted.
  • As a result of the main being stagnant for that period of time the levels of contaminants built up to the base levels seen in the data to follow.
  • This main was NOT in service prior to this trial and would not have been returned to service without meeting Anglian Water’s stringent Water Quality standards.
See the results

The Market Place (Improving assets and infrastructure)

13 Major Utilities providing Water and sewerage to England plus Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland with 15 water only providers.

Since the water and sewerage industry was privatised in 1989 a regulatory framework has been in place to ensure that consumers receive high standards of service at a fair price. This framework has allowed the companies to invest more than £98 billion in maintaining and improving assets and services. The industry must also comply with national and European legislation. Effective competition has the potential to bring benefits in a range of water and sewerage services.

It is a key driver of efficiency and innovation, which will enable the water and sewerage sectors to meet future challenges. It has brought benefits in other utility sectors, including improved service and more choice for customers. While most customers currently receive water and sewerage services from monopoly companies, there are increasing opportunities for companies to compete for customers in these sectors. [source Ofwat]

The UK network is an ageing asset and replacing with new is uneconomical, cleaning is a necessity.

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