Water Loss and Leak Detection Industry Updates

  1. The Big Drip
    9/10/2018

    The water burbling down the hillside amid thick, green foliage, certainly looked like a stream.

  2. If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound?
    (Part II)
    9/6/2018

    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I) addressed condition assessment and leak detection from the perspective of surprises that can arise when “hidden” problems are revealed by acoustic technology. This article introduces several more eye-opening experiences with permanent and mobile acoustic leak detection equipment, plus examples of just how expensive undetected leaks can become when they turn into full-blown water main breaks.

  3. Non-Revenue Water: Let’s Talk Real And Apparent Losses
    9/6/2018

    Utility managers are facing increasing financial and sustainability pressures regarding water loss throughout their systems. An American Water Works Association (AWWA) white paper titled The State of Water Loss Control in Drinking Water Utilities notes that “all utilities incur inefficiencies, or losses, in both supply- and customer-related functions of their operations.”

  4. If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I)
    8/30/2018

    Beyond the existential philosophy implications, the consequences of a pipeline leaking in a forest when no one is around highlight the desirability of leak detection systems in water distribution utilities as a whole. As the following experiences show, leak detection can have its entertaining side. On the other side of the coin, however, the consequences of not monitoring leaks can also trigger a tsunami of costs far beyond the expense of pipeline repair alone.

  5. The Value Of Conducting An M36 Water Audit
    8/24/2018

    Despite my fascination with the adage, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result,” I still occasionally find myself — a creature of habit — falling into a pattern of repetitive unsuccessful behavior.

  6. Jumpstart Smart Infrastructure By Adding Sensors To AMI
    8/1/2018

    Smart water networks today do more than read meters. They also collect data from sensors on distribution networks to help reduce non-revenue water losses, monitor and control pressures in water mains, and prevent unwanted sewage discharge. These new smart infrastructure solutions help water utilities expand the definition of smart water — going beyond applications aimed at improving billing accuracy and efficiency.

  7. Advanced Strategies To Extend The Life Of Your Water Network
    7/12/2018

    For many utilities, failing pipelines and non-revenue water are atop the list of concerns. However, these issues can be greatly mitigated by leveraging readily available data in an intelligent way — through smart water management.

  8. Sniffer Dogs Now Being Used To Detect Water Main Leaks
    6/15/2018

    Sniffer dogs have been used for a while in the oil and gas industry to find leaks. But recently, dogs have begun to be used to find leaks in water mains.

  9. A Sound Approach To Evaluating NRW Loss And Aging Pipelines
    5/18/2018

    As water distribution infrastructure ages, the potential for leaks grows and the need for condition-driven asset management increases proportionally. As with so many other aspects of water operations, planning ahead is key. Good system diagnosis using noninvasive procedures provides an accurate and cost-effective assessment of distribution system integrity, just as noninvasive monitoring of heartbeat, pulse, and blood pressure plays an important role in human health.

  10. Assessing The Effectiveness Of Leak-Seeking Satellites
    5/14/2018

    Pipeline maintenance and non-revenue water reduction get a boost from far-out resources.