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Digitalization crucial to maintaining legacy water infrastructure

Thames Water loses an average of 179 litres of water per household every day through leakage. What is more staggering – is that it’s estimated that across UK water companies lose 3.3 billion litres of water every day….It is predicted that replacing all the pipes in the UK could come to close to £100 billion. And that’s not even taking into account the huge disruption that would be involved in making that happen. The key to solving this challenge lies in digital technologies like Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) which will allow water companies to digitize their pipeline infrastructure and detect and monitor ruptures and leaks in existing pipes. Through the use of DAS technology — which harnesses optical fiber cables installed parallel to the water pipes and ‘listens’ to the distinct acoustic signatures and vibrations generated by a leak — there’s huge potential for water providers to enhance the efficacy of detection and location.

Digitalization crucial to maintaining legacy water infrastructure
Fotech Solutions Blog February 21, 2019
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