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Leak detection technology to mitigate water loss

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Leak detection

Water is at the heart of sustainable development. The need to protect and manage water resources is becoming increasingly important, with leaks and bursts from aging pipeline systems costing billions a year. On average, 85% of properties waste 35% of their water consumption through leaks. At the municipal level, pipe leaks can account for 20-30% of total drinking water. The main reason behind water loss is that it is often difficult to find the cracks in pipelines where the water is leaking. IoT water leak detection technology can play an invaluable role for facility owners and operators in developing a comprehensive plan for mitigating water damage.

An example of how leak detection contributes to protecting the environment is in chemical leaks. Chemical leaks in production facilities affect sustainability and can lead to environmental pollution, affect worker safety and lead to high costs. The best treatment for this problem is to implement an IoT-based chemical leakage detection system. This system includes sensors that can provide early warnings to help prevent major chemical damage issues and prevent potential problems.

More sustainable water management with IoT
Leak detection technology is becoming increasingly important in water supply networks for sustainable water management and the global supply of clean water. Sensors are used to measure vibrations, pressures, flow rates and in some cases even sound waves.

With IoT systems can be set up that monitor the pattern of the water flow and immediately detect when this flow deviates from normal patterns based on the data from the sensors. This leads to early detection of leaks and prevents water wastage, and helps improve a sustainable way of water management.

Advances in IoT sensors and wireless connectivity have dramatically reduced the cost of collecting, storing, and analyzing data from specific equipment, such as pumps or valves. For example, by installing leak detection sensors in high-risk areas in a building or factory, facility managers are alerted at the very first sign of a leak so that they can take immediate corrective action. Given the potential costs of water damage to homes or commercial properties, IoT water detection systems also offer a good return on investment.

Predictive Maintenance
IoT contributes to decision-making by predicting the future possibility of water leakage. Predictive maintenance can lead to precautionary measures, saving large amounts of water loss and preventing damage to machines and goods. By deploying IoT technology for predictive purposes, managers can make informed decisions, protect their assets from harm and increase their ROI thanks to the many use cases that arise from installing such devices and systems.

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