Water Online

January 2017

Water Innovations gives Water and Wastewater Engineers and end-users a venue to find project solutions and source valuable product information. We aim to educate the engineering and operations community on important issues and trends.

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O&M Implications The ability to scan an entire system every few weeks makes it possible to suddenly observe the micro-evolution of a leak. Subsequently, the organization can make more informed decisions about what leaks or areas to prioritize and even check to ensure that a fix was made to a satisfactory level. The technology makes no alterations to the day-to-day operations of the municipality or the utility — the on-field crew will still use the same equipment for validation processes. However, instead of walking miles per day blindly hoping to find something, the crew gains the ability to narrow down the cumulative distance to just a few hundred feet overall per day, with a pool of five to 15 leaks to show for a day's work. Thus, the organization can better utilize its personnel and become more cost-effective without any additional investment. According to Utilis, a regular field crew of four people working with a standard acoustic process will uncover 1.76 leaks per day, on average. By comparison, satellite-based technology allows one person to find 6.1 leaks per day, and the same location will be surveyed again in a matter of weeks. In contrast to usual acoustic technologies (hydrophones, loggers, correlators, high-sensitivity devices) that look for signs of water (mostly by sound), remote sensing enables utilities to look — for the first time — for the water itself. n wateronline.com n Water Innovations 25 LEAKDETECTION Lauren Guy, co-founder of Utilis, has eight years of experience in scientific R&D, including microwave-sensing studies of other planets (predominantly Venus and Mars). He holds a B.S. in Geomorphology & Remote Sensing and an M.S. in Geophysics, and currently serves as the CTO and head of R&D at Utilis. About The Author Anue Water Technologies is the leader in highly-effective and sustainable engineered technologies designed with full telemetry capabilities for remote programming and control. Patented FOG removal and prevention products and integrated ozone and oxygen generation systems are proven solutions for point source odor and force main corrosion control. With the aging of America's municipal waste water facilities, ANUE's patented solutions provide safe, non-hazardous, and cost-effective methods for the elimination and prevention of FOG, odor and corrosion. ANUE's systems are used successfully by municipalities across North America as well as several countries worldwide. CONTROL FOG, ODOR AND CORROSION www.anuewater.com 760-727-2683 sales@anuewater.com

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