Kansas City, Kansas – Within the first few days of a multi-month pilot program with Hydromax USA, the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (Kansas City BPU) has experienced first-hand the power of satellite leak detection technology, and identified a water leak losing an estimated 300 gallons per minute. Using advanced satellite scanning technology provided by Utilis, the system-wide water infrastructure scan pinpointed hundreds of leak locations, including the 300 GPM water leak.
After the infrastructure satellite scans were collected and the data processed, the first pass results yielded hundreds of potential leak sites for examination. As part of a pilot program designed to demonstrate the efficacy of this unique process, BPU staff selected dozens of potential leak locations, which were then correlated and field verified by Hydromax USA leak detection specialists.
“All indications are that the 300 GPM leak, which was surfacing in a remote wooded area, had been running for some time,” said Kansas City BPU Operations Director Steve Green. “The pilot program has only been underway for a couple of days, and the results have been very positive.”
The satellite images showed an underground potable water plume indicating a large water leak near a 48-inch concrete transmission main. The satellite findings include leak size estimates that when layered over the clients’ pipe network can be analyzed and then prioritized based on size, criticality and risk. This advanced approach leverages unique data to organize and manage what could be considered an overwhelming quantity of system-wide leak data that is delivered in a short period of time.
“Essentially, we are using satellite scanning technology to leak survey entire cities in days, instead of what used to take many years using conventional methods,” said Hydromax USA Business Development Manager Paul Schumi.
Kansas City BPU has maintained a proactive conventional leak detection program for many years, and had been seeking a solution to better address unacceptably high real water loss. To that end, BPU established a multi-month pilot agreement with Hydromax USA, to provide the “turn-key” Utilis satellite leak detection technology.
The ability to accurately pinpoint leaks with this success rate now enables Kansas City BPU to rapidly reduce their real water losses system-wide. “This level of data, both in magnitude and frequency is unprecedented for us”, said Kansas City BPU Operations Director Steve Green. “By using their satellite leak detection services, we can rapidly pinpoint leak locations and mark a half dozen or more ‘X’s’ on the street each day for our repair guys to get in there and fix.”
To learn more about how Hydromax USA can help you pinpoint and reduce water loss, please contact Shane Majetich at (813) 305-6610.
About Hydromax USA
Hydromax USA is a nationwide professional services firm specializing in data collection in support of locating and assessing the condition of aging water, wastewater and natural gas conveyance systems throughout the U.S. using advanced data-driven technologies and techniques which empower utility owners to make the best decisions regarding the repair, replacement and renewal of their buried infrastructure.