Echologics, a developer and leading provider of acoustic-based technologies for water loss management, leak detection, and pipe condition assessment, has secured a three-year master services agreement with United Water.
The agreement enables any operating division of United Water to readily use Echologics leak detection and condition assessment services. United Water is one of the nation’s leading water and wastewater utilities, supplying services to approximately 7 million people in the continental
The agreement between United Water and Echologics is the result of a successful transmission main leak detection pilot project, completed in the fall 2010. The pilot included testing of approximately five miles of water mains, including large diameter reinforced concrete pipe, pre-stressed cylinder concrete and cast-iron pipe for United Water New Jersey (UWNJ), a subsidiary of United Water. During the survey, Echologics non-invasively located a major leak on a river crossing, which was discovered on a 42-in. CIP water main, with an estimated loss of 100,000 gallons per day, and was isolated without breaking ground or disrupting service. As a result of the survey, UWNJ was able to quickly repair the leak, avoiding potential catastrophic failure.
“Leaks and aging water pipes present significant challenges to water service providers around the world,” said Antonio Vicente, operations engineer for United Water New
“United Water recognizes the value of accurate and non-invasive leak detection,” said Marc Bracken, vice president and general manager for Echologics. “Because our leak detection and pipe condition assessment processes do not interrupt service or require excavation, United Water should realize operational benefits and improved overall efficiency in its water systems.”
Echologics is part of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of products and services that are used in the transmission and distribution of safe, clean drinking water and in water treatment facilities. Echologics pioneered the development of a proprietary, acoustic-based system that non-invasively locates leaks and assesses the structural condition of both water and force mains. Water service providers across North America and in Europe,