Save the water or reduce the leakage?
Municipal water networks are aging. The condition of the networks cause water leaks and even pipe bursts. Leaking water costs hundreds of thousands to socities around the world. Modern material choices and standardisation mean that new pipelines will probably last for more than 100 years. However, there is so much more to a distribution network than the pipes. Joints, valves, and other installations all pose a potential risk of leakage. Uponor has the solution.
Uponor’s service for flow monitoring and leak detection help distribution network owners to reduce water losses and gain increased knowledge of flow levels and flow directions. The system is specifically designed to detect leaks.
Measuring flows will give an opportunity to
- Create awareness about water leaks
- Reduce time and cost for leakage positioning
- Understand the magnitude of leakages
- Repair in time to prevent pipe bursts
Principle for flow monitoring
Installation to pressurized pipeline
The flow sensor can measure flow at low velocities, already from 0,025m/s. The sensors measure flow in both directions and can be installed in plastic or metal pipes. The battery run data logger used for wireless data transmission can be used for a variety of applications.
- Custom equipment for each pipe type and dimension
- Bidirectional flow measurement
- Installation under pressure without service break
- Optional integrated pressure and temp sensor
Leakage detection examples
Flow measurement reveals leaks in the water supply network
The impact of leaking water in Upocity
18 % water leakage of produced water results in:
- 22 % over production of water
- 22 % over use of energy
- 22 % over use of chemicals
- Risk of water scarcity in areas with limited water capacity
- Higher risk for unplanned maintenance in case of pipe burst resulting in higher maintenance costs
- Higher assumed load in municipal treatment plants via leakage to sewer & storm pipelines
- Risks of property and infrastructure damages due to erosion and flooding
- Higher probability for contaminated water due to pressure drops, causing health risks
- Dissatisfied citizens due to unplanned maintenance of the water deliveries