CONDITION ASSESSMENT: New Orleans Selects Echologics Engineering for Pipe Assessment Project

The City of New Orleans selected Echologics Engineering Inc., a leader in water infrastructure diagnostic technologies, to oversee its water loss management and water pipe integrity assessment initiative. This initiative includes leak detection, pipe condition assessment and water meter calibration and maintenance.

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans selected Echologics following a competitive bid process for the one-year contract, which is renewable for a second year. Echologics? core technology uses a proprietary acoustic-based leak detection system to assess the structural condition of selected water pipes, which is especially helpful as North America confronts the challenges of repairing or replacing its aging water infrastructure. The technology was developed jointly with the National Research Council of Canada. Echologics will help New Orleans prioritize water pipes that require rehabilitation or replacement.

During a pilot project, Echologics located water main leaks that were causing between 75,000 and 100,000 gallons per day of water loss ? the equivalent to filling one Olympic swimming pool every six days.

?Municipalities faced with the increasing need to repair or replace their aging water infrastructure need tools and technology to help them prioritize this vital initiative,? said Marc Bracken, vice president and general manager of Echologics. ?We are committed to helping New Orleans find leakage in the distribution water pipes, while at the same time assessing structural condition of the pipe to ensure that the city?s residents have access to clean drinking water.?

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