New tech helps leak de­tec­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

New leak de­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy cost­ing £133,000 is help­ing en­gi­neers iden­tify hid­den wa­ter leaks in Ash­ford.

South East Wa­ter has bought 200 cor­re­lat­ing log­gers de­signed specif­i­cally for town cen­tres and a thou­sand of the most up-to-date lift and shift noise log­gers for else­where, plac­ing them un­der­ground onto the pipes to mon­i­tor the sound of the wa­ter pass­ing through the net­work.

When the streets above are quiet be­tween 2am and 4am, the cor­re­lat­ing log­gers come alive and lis­ten to any sound com­ing from the pipes and trans­mit the data back to the of­fice for anal­y­sis.

So far, the equip­ment has iden­ti­fied 50 leaks in the Ash­ford and Cran­brook area, a 44% in­crease.

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