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Echologics LeakFinderST in The Guardian

December 12, 2014
Severn Trent Water has developed a leak noise correlator with Loughborough University and Ontario-based company Echologics. Its LeakFinderST technology pinpoints leaks in plastic pipes, which conventional sensors find it difficult to trace. Read more

Echologics Technology Deemed "Top Find" at ACE14

June 25, 2014
Water Online has identified EchoShore, Echologics' Advanced Continuous Transmission Main Monitoring System as one of the "top finds" of the American Water Works Association's annual conference, ACE14.  Read more 


Baltimore City Department of Public Works selects Echologics ePulse technology

May 13, 2014
  DPW Using High-Tech Acoustics To Assess Water Mains May 6, 2014 (BALTIMORE, MD) —  Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., today announced that DPW will begin a water main testing project that will start May 12 and run through mid-July. This work will assess the condition of our ferrous (iron) water mainsusing state-of-the-art acoustic equipment called ePULSE....


Water Industry Achievement Awards 2014

April 2, 2014
LeakFinderST,  an advanced leak correlator developed by Echologics in collaboration with Severn Trent and Loughborough University wins the award for Most Innovative New Technology of the Year and Outstanding Innovation 2014.  Read more 

Water Industry Achievement Award 2014 finalists announced!

February 10, 2014
The finalists vying for a coveted WIAA trophy are: Most Innovative New Technology of the Year Atkins for its 3D holographic imaging Royal HaskoningDHV and Anglian Water and their Distributed Temperature Sensing technology Severn Trent Water, Echologics and Loughborough University for leak detection on plastic pipes United Utilities for its Event Recognition System Read more  

Acoustics Assess Asbestos Cement (AC) Pipe

April 15, 2013
This article, which was published in the March/April 2013 issue of World Water, is a technical paper written by Marc Bracken and Dave Johnston of Echologics. In the paper, Marc and Dave discuss the challenges of assessing the condition of asbestos cement (AC) lined water mains, and how recent developments in non-invasive acoustics are helping municipalities overcome such challenges. The ...


Listening for Defects

March 12, 2013
(To read this article as it appeared in the March 2013 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water, please click here) By Marc Bracken and Dave Johnston Asbestos cement-lined  water mains degrade when subjected to long-term exposure to sulfates and  byproducts of biofilms that form on their interior walls. AC pipes also  lose structural integrity as a result of "leaching," a chemical ...


Improved Management of Transmission Main Leaks

March 12, 2013
(To read this article as it appeared in the December 2012 issue of Water Utilities Infrastructure Management (UIM), please click here) By Kevin Laven & Allan Lambert — Dec 03, 2012 Despite the significant improvements over the past 15 years in understanding the economic management of real losses on distribution systems, little information is available on the true extent of transmission mains leakage, and how ...


Adapting to the times

March 12, 2013
(To read this article as it originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water, please click here) Hal Balthrop and his team in the Water Distribution and Sewer  Collection Division of Metro Water Services like to stay ahead of  potential problems in the system serving Nashville and residents of  surrounding Davidson County in central Tennessee. The city ...


Water Online Radio: Finding Failing Infrastructure

November 14, 2012
Marc Bracken, VP and general manager of Echologics, a division of Mueller Co., explains the technology, benefits, and real-world impact of pipe condition assessment to Water Online at WEFTEC 2012 in New Orleans. Click here to listen to the full interview Here is a portion of the Water Online Radio interview, conducted live at WEFTEC in New Orleans… Water Online Radio: ...


A Sound Approach

November 1, 2012
(In this article featured in the November 2012 issue of Trenchless World, Marc Bracken, vice president and general manager of Echologics, looks at the problems of water losses for utility companies and discusses some of the technology that is available to mitigate the problem.) Non-Revenue Water (NRW) is an important issue facing water utilities considering it has an estimated value of ...


When to change the pipe or control the pressure

October 17, 2012
Options open to water utilities seeking to manage water loss include pipeline replacement and pressure management. In this article, which was featured in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Water21, Dave Johnston, Marc Bracken and Julian Thornton of Echologics look at how, with the support of acoustic surveys of pipeline condition, utilities can combine these two options most economically. Click here ...


21st Century Technology

September 21, 2012
Hurricane Katrina traumatized New Orleans’ water system, even throwing a pipe or two into treetops. Before the catastrophe, it produced 110 million gallons per day for 400,000 people, says Madeline Goddard, deputy general superintendent at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO), a political subdivision separate from the city. Now, the population is down to 300,000 but the water usage is 135 ...



Echologics and the Sonic Smart Grid for Water Could Reclaim $14B in Leaks

September 21, 2012
The world’s water networks run on pipe, lots of it, from the 3-inch water main in your house to tunnels big enough to stand up in. Most of that pipe is pretty cheap, as compared to, say, an electric distribution substation, even if you need an entire substation to run the pumps at the great central water systems like ...


Full Accountability

September 21, 2012
In times of fiscal  constraint, non-revenue water (NRW) is a major issue for water  utilities. In view of reduced revenues from water conservation and  rising costs for power and chemicals, utilities are placing high  priority on locating the causes of NRW and developing strategic  remedies. Solving the problem — getting NRW down to the optimum level — has  two main components: reducing ...


Jalur Cahaya Sdn Bhd Turns to Acoustic-Based Leak Detection for Non-Ferrous Pipes

August 28, 2012
A recent issue of Utilimetrics' Newslink highlighted a successful leak detection project that Echologics conducted for Jalur Cahaya Sdn Bhd (JCSB)--a large Malaysia-based engineering firm that specializes in helping utilities throughout Southeast Asia to reduce non-revenue water (NRW). As a result of the project, which involved acoustic-based leak detection on high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and asbestos cement (...


The Battle of New Orleans

August 17, 2012
In the July 2011 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans describes the water system improvements they have experienced throughout the city as a result of non-invasive leak detection and pipe condition assessment conducted by Echologics. The project has improved New Orleans' ability to reduce non-revenue water and cost-effectively prioritize water system repairs and ...



Watertight

June 28, 2012
Water loss is on the rise—should municipalities spend to seal every single leak? The average Canadian city isn’t doing much to fix water loss, says Marc Bracken, VP and general manager of Echologics Engineering Inc., an Ontario-based company that develops acoustic technologies for non-invasive underground leak detection. “If water is coming up onto the street, they fix it,” ...


Leak Detection; The Accuracy of Acoustics

June 28, 2012
Members of the California Rural Water Association (CRWA) use acoustic-based leak correlators from Echologics to non-invasively locate points of water loss in their water distribution networks without breaking ground or disrupting service. Click here to read the full article

Climate Progress: The U.S. Wastes 7 Billion Gallons of Drinking Water a Day

November 3, 2011
Echologics recently completed projects in multiple municipalities in North America, Europe, South Africa, Singapore, and Australia. It just deployed its technology in New Orleans, where the Echologics uncovered leaks that were causing losses of up to 100,000 gallons of water per day. Echologics did the same for United Water in New Jersey, where its technology detected leaks of 10,000 gallons a day ...


Science Progress: The U.S. Wastes 7 Billion Gallons of Drinking Water a Day

November 3, 2011
Echologics recently completed projects in multiple municipalities in North America, Europe, South Africa, Singapore, and Australia. It just deployed its technology in New Orleans, where the Echologics uncovered leaks that were causing losses of up to 100,000 gallons of water per day. Echologics did the same for United Water in New Jersey, where its technology detected leaks of 10,000 gallons a day ...


The Engineer: Water Utilities Must Get Even Smarter

October 24, 2011
Echologics’ core technology is an acoustic noise correlator, using separate transducers and sensors temporarily coupled to the pipe, fire hydrants, or other parts of the infrastructure. An acoustic wave induced into the pipe at one point is detected further along the pipe. In conjunction with appropriate PC-based data processing, the technique yields data both on leaks and also on average ...


Matter Network: Utilities IQs Rising

October 24, 2011
U.S. utilities are getting smarter, and smart grids are making the difference. This theme permeated the recent Autovation 2011 conference in suburban Washington, D.C., which provided an overview of trends and recent developments.

World Green: Utilities IQs Rising

October 24, 2011
U.S. utilities are getting smarter, and smart grids are making the difference. This theme permeated the recent Autovation 2011 conference in suburban Washington, D.C., which provided an overview of trends and recent developments.

Pike Research: Utiliities IQs Rising

October 24, 2011
U.S. utilities are getting smarter, and smart grids are making the difference. This theme permeated the recent Autovation 2011 conference in suburban Washington, D.C., which provided an overview of trends and recent developments.

Control Engineering Asia: Smart Water Networks

October 24, 2011
Schneider Electric, in association with Derceto, Echologics (a division of Mueller Water), i2O Water, TaKaDu and Telvent, has announced the creation of Smart Water Networks (SWAN), a global industrial alliance formed to promote the development and adoption of data-driven systems for better water network management and operation.

Echologics Signs 3-Year Agreement for Leak Detection and Pipe Condition Assessment Services With United Water

October 11, 2011
Echologics, a developer and leading provider of acoustic-based technologies for water loss management, leak detection, and pipe condition assessment, secured a 3-year master services agreement with United Water. The agreement enables any operating division of United Water to readily utilize Echologics leak detection and condition assessment services. United Water is one of the nation’s leading water and wastewater utilities, ...




Echologics Triumphs in American Leak Detection’s ‘Battle Of The Correlators’

July 24, 2011
In order to determine which correlators will help its specialists to most accurately and efficiently detect leaks on metallic and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes in various scenarios – without having to break ground or disrupt service – American Leak Detection conducted “The Battle of the Correlators,” a side-by-side field evaluation of eight different leak detection correlators.














Echologics to Provide Trunk Main Leak Detection Services for Portland Water Bureau

October 1, 2010
Echologics Engineering is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Portland Water to provide leak detection services for 20 miles of the utilities’ trunk mains. Trunk main leaks can become problematic if not detected at an early stage. Echologics will survey selected trunk mains in order to proactively identify and locate leaks in Portland’s trunk main system. The ...


Echologics to Provide Trunk Main Leak Detection Services for East Bay Municipal Utility District

September 1, 2010
Echologics Engineering is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by EBMUD to provide leak detection services for approximately 60 miles of the utilities’ trunk mains. The contract was awarded following a pilot study that compared Echologics correlation based technology with technologies that insert a microphone into the pipe. Although all technologies performed well, the Echologics system was found to ...


New Project in Resolute, Nunavut

August 1, 2010
Echologics has kicked off a leak detection project in Resolute, Nunavut. Chris Oates, our Senior Field Specialist will be leading this project. Resolute is the second northernmost community in Canada.

Echologics Featured in Ontario

May 1, 2010
Echologics Engineering and the City of Cambridge are profiled in a Ministry of the Environment video highlighting the Ontario Water Opportunity Act. Link to the entire MOE article:

Echologics Awarded 5-year Contract for Las Vegas Valley Water District

January 1, 2010
Echologics has been awarded a 5-year contract to provide pipe wall condition assessment and leak detection services for the Las Vegas Valley Water District. This contract follows a successful trial of Echologics technology on asbestos cement (AC) pipes, and contracts to assess AC pipe well as the SCC Pipe that serves The Strip in Las Vegas.

Echologics and Fisher Labs Agree to Cooperate on Marketing and Product Development

December 1, 2009
Echologics Engineering is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Fisher Labs to co-market Echologics existing leak detection product line, and co-develop new products. The Fisher network will provide our clients with an extensive network of distributors throughout the United States, and in many countries around the world. Effective immediately, Echologics products may be acquired through the ...




Echologics Announces Water Pipe Assessment Services- Large Diameter Pipe Leak Detection and Condition Assessment to help Municipal Water Utilities with Infrastructure Management

March 31, 2009
Water utilities are facing major costs in maintaining and replacing their transmission and distribution pipe networks. As more and more networks decline each year, these costs are increasing and are expected to peak over the next few years when water pipes installed during the post-war boom begin to reach the end of their service lives. “We knew we had issues ...


Echologics UK provides trunk main leak detection service

August 1, 2008
Echologics UK has equipped a service truck to do trunk main leak detection in the United Kingdom. Recently a major leak was found for Thames Water, right in front of the Parliament buildings on a 30-inch cast main. The leak had been running for approximately 8 years.

Echologics Obtains LeakFinderRT Order from China

May 1, 2007
LeakFinderRT is now the predominant leak noise correlator in China due to our superior performance on plastic pipe and the efforts of Bill Zhang of Beijing New Wealth. A partial client list now includes: Handan Water Works Chongzhou Water Works Nanjing Water Works Jiangyou Water Works Pengzhou Water Works Deyang Water Works Duyun Water Works Xingyi Water Works Neijiang Water ...


Echologics in Africa

March 1, 2007
Echologics is pleased to announce that the Township of Lesotho, Africa has purchased 20 LeakListeners. As part of this contract, our South African distributor WRP, provided an extensive leak detection training course. According to Ronnie Mckenzie of WRP, they like the Leaklistener because it is rugged, simple to use, and finds most of their leaks.

Quebec City Acquires 5th LeakFinderRT System

December 1, 2006
Echologics is pleased to announce that Quebec City has acquired their fifth LeakfinderRT system. By standardizing their leak detection equipment, Quebec City becomes the largest single user of the LeakFinderRT system in North America.

Echologics Wins Construction Innovation Forum Nova Award

April 1, 2006
Echologics is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2005 Nova Award for the LeakFinderRT Leak Noise Correlator. The NOVA Award was instituted by the Construction Innovation Forum in 1989 to recognize innovations that have proven to be significant advances that have had positive, important effects on construction to improve quality and reduce cost. The review process for the Nova ...


Echologics in China

July 1, 2005
Echologics’s Chief Operating Officer, Shabbir Yusuf recently gave a seminar on leak noise correlation in Beijing. The seminar was
 extremely well received with over 40 attendees representing managers and operators of
municipal and industrial water services. China is one of the largest water infrastructures in the world on account of its size and population. The operators are well versed in ...


Echologics Introduces LeakListener

May 1, 2005
Echologics Engineering is pleased to introduce the LeakListener. If you think that all listening devices are created equal, you need to compare the performance of this device to your existing unit. The LeakListener is the product of several decades of experience in acoustics and audio electronics design. Our engineers took a fresh look at an old technology. Testing showed most ...


Echologics and City of Hamilton Collaborate on Pipe Wall Thickness Research Project

September 23, 2004
Echologics and the City of Hamilton Ontario have entered into a Letter of Intent to conduct a study to evaluate and further develop the National Research Council of Canada’s pipe wall thickness technology. The study commenced in September of 2004, and the first results are just being analyzed. The intent of the study was to measure 11 sites with cast iron ...


Echologics receives 2004 FPTT Award

June 1, 2004
Echologics Engineering is pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of the recipients of the Canadian Government’s Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) 2004 awards. From the FPTT web site: The Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) initiative is a unique example of people in Canada’s federal science-based departments and agencies (SBDAs) working together to establish ...


Echologics and National Research Council of Canada move ahead on Pipe Wall Thickness Research Project

April 15, 2004
Echologics Engineering Inc. has moved ahead with a collaborative research program with the National Research Council of Canada to develop and commercialize the NRC’s patented wall thickness assessment technique. In order to do this, Echologics signed a research agreement with the City of Hamilton, Ontario, to assess the new technology for evaluating pipe condition by measuring wall thickness using ...