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Friday, 26 June 2015
Glastonbury Festival is one of the world’s largest open-air events for music and performing arts, with its popularity increasing massively over the last 45 years. Since the first staging in 1970, when Worthy Farm in Somerset hosted just 1,500 revellers, the festival’s capacity has grown to 177,000 – greater than the population of Oxford.
Hosting such a massive event involves a great deal of preparation and management, including supplying the city-sized site with the 11 million litres of water to be used for drinking and washing during the five-day festival.
Until recently, the mains water supply from nearby Pilton struggled to meet the enormous demand from the festival site, so two purpose-built underground reservoirs were built. A series of industrial pumps help bring the water to the surface via a pipeline distribution network, serving 700 hand basins and 100 standpipes.
A state-of-the-art ABB water measurement system helps organisers to accurately monitor reservoir levels, flow rates and consumption across the entire site. This system allows usage to be analysed for accurate billing and an early warning of potential supply issues.
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