Company unveils predictive modeling for water mains

BlueConduit recently announced the launch its newest offering: water main prediction technology. Building on the success of its predictive models for lead service lines, the company said it is looking to extend its expertise to help cities and water systems tackle the challenges of water main management, condition assessment and replacement using advanced data science and AI-enabled process and technology solutions.

According to a December 2023 Utah State University Water Research Laboratory study, there are more than 2 million miles of water mains in the United States and Canada, costing $2.6 billion annually in maintenance and repair costs. BlueConduit’s predictions for water mains will aim to help water utilities forecast likely water main breaks, leaks and potential impacts on service levels; assess risk; and determine which high-risk mains are candidates for more expensive, intrusive physical condition assessment or immediate removal.

“BlueConduit is setting a new standard for predictive modeling for water main management and replacement,” said Lorne Groe, CEO of BlueConduit. “It’s estimated that over a quarter million water main breaks occur each year. With our new water main prediction capabilities, we’re helping communities manage their water mains more efficiently by predicting leaks and failures before they happen.”

BlueConduit’s water main prediction technology leverages advanced AI and human expertise, representing a milestone in developing water management solutions. This technology offers flexible, locally tailored models that integrate with water systems’ existing ESRI platforms.

“It’s the product of the same brilliant data scientists who developed our lead service lines technology,” Groe said. “Our team employs the best statistical and machine learning practices, driven by a passion to ensure that decisions made by our customers are not only informed but also equitable and sustainable. This approach highlights how integrating technology with the expertise of people can significantly enhance the utility of existing data management tools in water systems.”

The custom localized models offered by BlueConduit are enriched with outside information, such as weather patterns, soil types and other relevant metrics, ensuring high accuracy and relevance. This approach allows for predictions across variable time horizons, from a single month up to 5-plus years, granting flexibility to asset managers in both short- and long-term planning.

“Our water main predictions stand apart not just for the technology behind them, but for how they’re delivered directly into the hands of those who need them, in the format they use every day,” Groe added.

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