Leak detection is the systematic search for leaks within a property’s entire distribution system. While many leaks are detected when utility personnel or citizens observe water flowing out of the ground, an effective leak detection program uses electronic equipment to identify leak sounds and pinpoints the precise locations of underground leaks. Because leaks can develop at any time, detection must be an ongoing program rather than a one-time project.
WMI completes leak detection programs in two phases. During the first phase, the entire system is surveyed for "leak sounds." When a sound is heard, the location is noted as a potential leak site. Actually, any condition which interferes with the normal flow of water can produce vibrations similar to the vibrations caused by leaks. During the second phase, each location is further investigated. If necessary, a computerized leak correlator that works on sonic transmission (speed of sound) principles is used to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. The correlator eliminates the need for extensive hit-or-miss excavation, and the unnecessary destruction of expensive pavement. Water Management Inc. has an in-house leak detection team and the equipment to conduct leak detection programs. Some of our equipment includes Aquascan 610 Multi-Point correlators, acoustic ground mic kits, zone loggers, and remote sensor programs.