WATER LOSS AND LEAK DETECTION RESOURCES

  • Under pressure to radically improve leak detection and prevention, Italian water utility Acquedotto del Fiora is the latest European water company to adopt geospatial artificial intelligence (AI) techniques as part of its plans to boost performance.

  • Fear of the unknown is a common concern among water distribution and wastewater collection system operators when buried infrastructure or incomplete recordkeeping obscure leaks, inefficiencies, and the causes behind them. Finding better ways to identify and quantify utility problem areas is like searching for hidden treasure. Fortunately, comprehensive analytics solutions built around existing mapping and data points offer new hope.

  • For many utilities, large and small, hang-ups over new and innovative technology for infrastructure management often boil down to “How are we going to implement (or pay for) all of that?” Fortunately, a new approach to integrating existing GIS and asset data, Internet of Things (IoT) real-time data collection, powerful analytical software, and more is providing solutions to turn tough challenges into manageable solutions that are accessible on a subscription basis.

  • Got water? Sure, most of us in the United States do. But do we ever stop to smell the roses of odorless fresh potable water? Do we reflect on what reliable water means for the economic life of our community? Texas’s harsh deep freeze earlier this year reminded us Texans of our vulnerability, and after $200B in damages, it gave us a glimpse of how life looks without the core services that we take for granted daily.

  • Decades ago, farmers and ranchers around San Marcos, Texas, formed a utility to get water to cattle. Today, Crystal Clear Special Utility District (CCSUD) serves not only rural operations but swaths of a growing metropolis stretching from San Antonio to Austin, providing water to nearly 6,000 connections.

  • Balfour Beatty was unable to determine why a new pipe installation, a 600mm (24 inch) diameter Cement Mortar Lined Ductile Iron, 170m (560ft) pipe length was unable to pass multiple hydrostatic pressure test. Using multiple above ground and in-pipe acoustic sensors, data correlators, data loggers, and listening sticks, no leak locations could be found.

  • It is estimated that nearly 75,000 miles of wastewater and water pipelines have been lined with Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP), with nearly $3 billion spent annually on the trenchless renovation method, worldwide. Recognizing the growing use of CIPP and inability of CCTV inspection to accurately or consistently certify trenchless rehabilitation as defect-free, this paper chronicles the emergence of new guidelines to test, certify, and accept CIPP lining projects, using Focused Electrode Leak Location (FELL) inspection.

  • In 2017, the Institute of Underground Infrastructure (IKT), Gelsenkirchen, Germany, utilized low voltage conductivity to test a variety of trenchless Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) short-liners to locate and quantify leaks, several of which were utilized in a multi-million rehabilitation project in Kansas City, Missouri (USA).

  • Smart cities technologist Peter Williams and Aquify – An Exelon company have released a new white paper on water scarcity and the solutions water utilities can implement to help stem the tide on the trillions of gallons lost to underground leaks. 

  • As the incentive to minimize non-revenue water and decrease OPEX becomes ever more imperative among U.S. utilities, lessons can be learned from pioneering Danish utilities that had to do a similar maneuver 20 years ago and today have one of the lowest water-loss rates in the world.

WATER LOSS AND LEAK DETECTION SOLUTIONS

  • Eureka3+

    A user-friendly real-time acoustic noise correlator with a high-definition touch color LCD screen and advanced filtering system to unmask even the most difficult leaks.

  • EchoShore®-TX Transmission Main Monitoring

    While it often starts with a leak, historically many water operators have waited until there is an evident problem or rupture on a critical transmission main to react. Today’s utilities have a proven and cost-effective monitoring option that notifies them with a problem in a main. The EchoShore-TX platform will call, text or email you promptly after detecting a leak or other anomaly. Through monitoring and notification, utility response time can be significantly reduced to help mitigate infrastructure damage and water loss.

  • Accurately Measuring Network Leakage

    The pressures of supplying a growing global population mean that the world’s water supplies need to be managed more closely than ever.

  • Aclara RF Network ZoneScan Solution

    Find and fix leaks fast with the Aclara ZoneScan II leak-detection system. The industry’s leading, remotely correlated acoustic leak detection system cost-effectively identities small leaks before they become major problems, and will give you immediate insight into non-revenue water losses in your water distribution network.

  • Kamstrup flowIQ® 2200 Ultrasonic Residential Water Meter

    Kamstrup has expanded on its already proven ultrasonic technology by including the ability for its newest meter, the flowIQ® 2200, to listen for leaks via acoustic leak detection – which makes it the first and only single solution with integrated acoustic leak detection available to the market.

  • Leak Detection System Z-Corr, an advanced digital, correlating acoustic logging system, has been designed to utilize patented digital technology to simplify the leak detection process for buried water, steam and fuel lines

WATER LOSS AND LEAK DETECTION VIDEOS

  • Electro Scan’s Leak Detection Technology For Gravity Sewer Pipes

    This video shows Electro Scan’s award-winning Focused Electrode Leak Location (FELL) Technology for gravity sewer leak detection. The industry's first machine-intelligent probe that provides an unambiguous, unbiased, and uncontested surveys of leaks in gravity sewer and force mains. Representing the only worldwide supplier in compliance with ASTM F2550-13 (2018), California-based Electro Scan Inc. is now. recommended by leading engineers to be included in testing and certifying all pipe repairs, rehabilitation, and relining projects.