A Guide to Water Main Leak Detection and Water Valve Management Services

Published: 28th December 2011
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Water leaks can occur in different areas of a water distribution network that serves a specific population. When a water leak occurs, it can often be the result of a water main leak. It is important to identify a water main leak as a huge volume of water can be lost and it can impact the surrounding areas. The frequency in which leaks occur will depend on the overall condition of the infrastructure and water pressure. Detection of water main leaks by highly trained technicians using specialized equipment and then repairing the leak is the best way to deal with water main leak problems. In addition, implementing a water valve management process is vital to protecting the infrastructure and reducing the instances of water main leaks.

Water mains have pipes with larger diameters and operate at a higher pressure than secondary and tertiary pipes. Therefore, water main leaks disperse a higher volume of water per minute. For this reason, water main leak location is a very serious problem and the problem must be identified and repaired in a quick and efficient manner. In addition, because water main leaks are very big, the damage to outlining property can be severe. An experienced water service company that has experts in water main leak detection provides the quick and efficient detection and repair needed in such a situation.

Water services/leak detection companies have water main leak detection experience and equipment to make the proper diagnosis of the problem and then make the appropriate repair. They have a wide variety of detection tools at their disposal so they can identify the precise location where the repair is required. They also have the right tools to fix the problem. As well as having sophisticated leak detection systems, water services companies provide effective valve management programs for municipalities, towns, cities, utilities, and more. The valve inspection and management programs cover vital water distribution system assets such as access points, hydrants, pipelines, meters, and pipelines. Services offered by water services companies include the following: a complete condition assessment report detailing the operability of the asset such as repair assessment, residual life, and the experts will recommend repair and service options. The assessment helps to identify and prioritize critical valves within a water distribution system.

Benefits of water valve management programs offered by a professional water service company include: exact location of water main valves are identified and mapped correctly, water main valves operate as designed, valves are accessible for utility crews, enables faster water pipeline shut-down during water main breaks, limit damage to buried infrastructure, reduce area affected by water main breach, minimize treated water loss and environmental impact, reduce insurance and legal claims, and better management of water main replacement and rehabilitation programs

A professional water service company helps utilities minimize the damage caused by emergency main breaks. When a water main leak or break occurs, the information that is needed includes the location of the break, the size of the main, and the specific location of the associated water main valves that must be closed to allow for repairs to be made. Water Services technicians are trained to gather critical information quickly, deal with any operational control point issue, and provide the data and repair actions to the utility as part of an efficient asset management program.

Whether your water distribution system project is large or small, easy or complex, a professional water service company has the experience and industry leading capabilities to make the project or repair a success.


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