EBMUD, ASTERRA enter leak detection contract

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and Utilis have entered into a five-year agreement for ASTERRA Recover and MasterPlan technologies.

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) serves 1.4 million customers with over 4,200 miles of pipelines in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay area in northern California. Corrosion, ground movement, soil conditions, variations in water pressure, contract work, and other factors can affect their water pipelines and can lead to leaks.

Using ASTERRA’s technologies, EBMUD will receive intelligence on the location and type of water leaks. Having that intelligence will allow the utility to repair underground leaks efficiently and expediently. According to ASTERRA, it’s Recover technology provides information on specific subterranean points of interest to inspect for leaks.

Under the agreement, ASTERRA will deliver information on the subterranean points of interest using satellite and aircraft-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), the use of artificial intelligence, field training, and in reports.

“East Bay Municipal Utility District is a case study for how remote water leak detection saves money,” said James Perry, vice president for business development for ASTERRA. “With data from a single satellite pass, Recover can empower system managers and engineers with the hard information they need to plan and execute repairs. This reduces time-to-repair, water loss, power costs, excess CO2 from wasted power generation, and even the risk of fines.”

EPA has estimated the average potable water loss in U.S. systems is about 16 percent. 

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