"data and analytics democratisation as self-service is a key strategic objective"
Definitely sounds like something to be flushed away....
UK water company United Utilities is in the market for control, monitoring and analytics platforms in a deals that could be worth up to £270m. In a tender document, the £1.8bn-revenue company said its ambition was "to drive digital transformation, systems thinking and improved service for our stakeholders, customers and …
Wolverhampton's water (Severn Trent) is pumped from a series of connected boreholes.
Pretty sure it was either Bridgenorth/Cosford, the pumping station in question.
Water used to be pumped from the ground using a simple fixed speed pump, that had been in place since its inception, it had been decades since it last needed maintenance. This was replaced by a newfangled variable speed pump, to supposedly save money, but the 3-phase inverters were found to last just a few months between failure.
Something that was simple and had just worked for decades became very complex, and prone to regular failure, the inverters weren't cheap to replace either.