Continued collaboration with Xylem’s Pure Technologies and Waternet
As aging infrastructure and asset management challenges in the water sector increase, water utilities are in need of effective solutions to improve operations and maintenance. The early detection of water leaks plays a key role in avoiding potentially expensive situations and extensive damage to the entire infrastructure of third parties. By implementing preventative measures with the use of smart water technologies, water utilities can better ensure continued safety and delivery to their customers.
For more than a decade, Quasset has collaborated with both Waternet and Pure Technologies, working together to create proactive and pre-emptive solutions for the water sector.
John van Doornik, Senior Consultant at Quasset specialized in water infrastructure:
“Our close collaboration with Pure Technologies and Waternet has allowed us to make a positive contribution in the water sector. We are committed to discovering new, efficient ways to improve asset management processes with the use of new and proven technologies. A good example of this is a.o. SmartBall, which performs periodic checks on a pipeline, reducing the risk of collateral damage as well as downtime. We are pleased to be an intermediary that can help drive innovation in the water sector.”
Xylem’s Pure Technologies brand provides innovative solutions for pipeline condition assessment, inline leak detection and infrastructure monitoring.
One example is Pure Technologies’ SmartBall, a free-flowing leak detection platform that operates while the pipeline remains in service. It can complete long inspections in a single deployment. SmartBall is equipped with an acoustic sensor that identifies acoustic anomalies associated with leaks and air pockets. Acoustic signatures are analyzed to determine if they are leaks, air pockets, or external noise.
Another condition assessment tool is Pure’s PipeDiver platform. It is a versatile, free-swimming tool that uses flow to move through a pipeline. It has specialized electromagnetic sensors to identify and locate prestressing wire wraps, which are the main structural components of PCP and PCCP, and the primary indicators that a pipe will fail.
Pure Technologies, now a Xylem company, has carried out several SmartBall inspections over the last decade. This year they have secured a singular contract for Waternet in the Netherlands, the water company for Amsterdam and surrounding areas. Waternet will use Xylem’s Pure Technologies’ PipeDriver, as well as SmartBall to perform the inspection of all WRK pipelines (3x60km). The inspection will assess the condition of critical water distribution lines to ensure continued safety and operation, as well as addressing the water productivity needs of the city and industrial industries.
This contract is the result of the continued trust Waternet has placed in the team’s ability to deliver actionable value over the last decade.
photo credit: Pure Technologies website