How Sensor Technologies Enable Identification of Water Leakage

How Sensor Technologies Enable Identification of Water Leakage

By Energy CIO Insights | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sensor technology has a lot of potentials when it comes to detecting water leakage in extensive and distributed supply networks. 

FERMONT, CA: Water leakage from distribution networks is a major part of water utility problems. Aging resources, severe weather conditions, and water hammers result in a constant battle for managing water loss. Sensors offer unique and sophisticated leak detection capabilities that help address this complicated challenge. Here's how sensor technology can help track water leakage effectively.

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Tech leaders have already created a revolutionary water leak detection smart pipe system. In this system, sensors are attached to the outside rather than inside pipes as in the conventional water leak detection systems. This makes it easier to connect the sensors and reduces the chances of damage to pipes during installation. The technology's low cost and user-friendly properties make smart pipes perfect for optimizing the management of water distribution assets. Water leaks in the pipes change the pressure. The sensor can sense the slightest of pressure differences, and signals can be communicated as radio frequency transmissions to a pipeline monitoring system via the internet.

Already available in the market today are battery-powered water leak alarms. In this system, next to plumbing fixtures and appliances, the sensor is placed on the floor. The alarm rings to announce the leak when even the slightest bit of water is detected. Wireless leak sensors available as accessories are run on batteries, and they transmit radio signals to the user when leakage is detected.

Water leakage is one of the critical issues faced by providers of water utilities, and if left untreated, it might cost a lot of money. Having the ability to find and repair leaks quicker would mean better water management and better customer service as water suppliers can prevent sudden water-supply breakdowns when there are significant issues with the pipelines.

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