Flint awards leak detection contract to Utilis

The City of Flint, Mich., has taken a step towards ensuring the stability of its water infrastructure by partnering with Utilis Inc., to locate leaks in the city’s potable water system. Along with the city’s FAST Start initiative, the leak detection program is helping Flint rebuild its reputation in water conservation and quality.

“The City of Flint has made an important first step in remediating their potable water issue,” said Alex Puryear, Utilis sales manager, North America. “Once we find their leaks, we can conserve the precious treated water they have while they work to repair plumbing.”

City of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver with Alex Puryear of Utilis

Flint’s FAST Start initiative was the first step in combating the water crisis by employing five regional companies to excavate private property plumbing. By removing the lead plumbing and combining their data with leak detection software, Flint is well on its way to restoring community faith after the crisis started in April 2014.

This past October, Utilis joined the fight, arriving in Flint and going to work inspecting the first batch of locations identified from radar satellite imagery using its patented processing algorithm. The leaks discovered were notated and tagged for repair, which is a follow-up process to be undertaken by the city. The remaining data points provided to Flint’s water utility will continue to be investigated over the course of the next few months.

Utilis is a patented technology that uses satellite microwave technology to penetrate soil in the search for drinking water associated with leaking pipes. Its algorithm brings remote sensing technologies to the forefront of protecting the earth’s resources. Headquartered in Israel, with a United States subsidiary in San Diego, Calif., Utilis provides innovative solutions for utilities around the globe. For more information on Utilis and to learn more about the technology, visit utiliscorp.com.

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