Fluid Conservation Systems Equipment finds 50 leaks in first year
Milford, OH (May 16, 2013) – Using Fluid Conservation Systems (FCS) equipment, Rockdale County Water Resource (Conyers, Ga.) saved customers money and reduced non-revenue water by implementing a leak detection program.
Rockdale County Water Resource (RWR) maintains over 600 miles of water mains and 3,100 valves to supply water to approximately 27,000 connections in the town of Conyers and surrounding areas within the county. With 75 miles of pipeline installed prior to 1950 and the unbilled water rate at 34 percent in 2010, RWR Water and Sewer Systems Operations Manager Richard McDaniel recognized a need to monitor the county’s aging underground water mains and valves.
“I knew from my previous experience in municipal water systems maintenance that Rockdale County needed a leak detection program,” said McDaniel. “However department budgets were small without much leeway.”
In 2011, Rockdale County began investigating options for a cost-effective leak detection program. After comparing options, the county contacted Simon Wick, Vice President of Water Asset Management at Matchpoint Inc. (Wilmington, N.C.). Via a formal bid process, Rockdale County purchased 370 Permalog+ acoustic leak noise loggers, a Patroller II drive-by data collection device, a TriCorr real time leak noise correlator, a SoundSens “i” advanced correlating logger system and an X-Mic ground microphone. The products work together to analyze sound from water lines for leak noise, transmit this data to mobile collection units, and pinpoint underground leaks to minimize repair time and cost. Several RWR Water and Sewer Systems staff also completed extensive product training to ensure proper operation.
Within the first year of the program RWR found over 50 leaks, which it estimated to be the source of over 248,000 lost gallons of water per day. At a cost of $1 per 1,000 gallons of water, the new leak detection program has already saved Rockdale County over $90,000 per year.
Given its early success, Rockdale County plans to continue to expand Permalog coverage of its water distribution network.