Mueller’s ‘Jones’ hydrant gets pressure monitoring, leak detection capabilities

Deron Austin, senior director of marketing for Mueller Water Products, shows off the Jones J-4038 wet barrel hydrant at ACE18 in Las Vegas.

Mueller Water Products, Inc., announced the release of a “smarter” hydrant at the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) ACE18 conference in Las Vegas this month. The new hydrant provides life-saving fire protection and also monitors pressure and detects leaks in the water distribution system, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Jones J-4038 and J-3038 wet barrel fire hydrants can be equipped with a Hydro-Guard pressure monitoring sensor installed in the dome top and an Echologics distribution leak detection (DX) node as the nozzle cap.

The Hydro-Guard sensor monitors system pressure and can alert personnel via cellular communications if a spike occurs within minutes. Data is logged for analysis and can be stored up to two years on a secure web server. The Echologics node uses proprietary acoustic sensors to find leaks on a variety of pipe materials and water distribution mains. The node is pre-assembled and consist of an acoustic sensor, analysis software, network hardware, batteries and an antenna.

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The smarter hydrant enables utilities to use existing hydrant assets as a hub for communication and technology deployment. Not only can the new Jones hydrants be purchased with these “smarter” features, but any existing wet barrel fire hydrant with a dome top can be converted to detect pressure and leaks in the distribution system.

Mueller Water Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. The company’s broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, metering products and systems, leak detection and pipe condition assessment.

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