The technology has a high capacity to detect water leaks in the network without interrupting the supply, whilst also reducing costs through the detection of fraud and water losses.
SOREA, the company with responsibility for managing the integrated urban water cycle in Sant Cugat, has commenced a pilot test implementing cutting-edge, AI-based technology to detect leaks and fraud in the drinking water supply network. Sant Cugat is the first municipality where this technology has been tested. It consists of a non-invasive device in the network capable of measuring very small flows (from 0.02 l/min), which even makes it possible to detect leaks from a badly closed tap.
Current leak detection technologies are typically complex and require action on the network or interruption of the service to detect the location of the leak. Through this pilot test, SOREA seeks to implement innovations that will allow it to operate in a more agile, sustainable way and, if possible, without affecting the service or causing inconvenience to the public.
How does it work?
These devices are particularly useful for leaks typically found in the service connection sections between the water mains and the user’s meter. These leaks are often imperceptible but result in losses which, although unmeasurable, do occur and logically need to be eliminated. The technology can also be used to detect fraud in hydrants and fire-fighting networks.