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DENVER, June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mueller Systems will soon offer utilities the ability to remotely detect and monitor water distribution main leaks through its latest advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) feature—Automated Leak Detection (ALD). Mueller Systems introduced ALD at the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE13) in Denver, Colorado.
ALD integrates acoustic-based leak detection technology from Echologics with the Mi.Net® Mueller infrastructure network, Mueller Systems' fixed, two-way AMI network for utilities that fully automates the meter reading-to-billing process and provides remote access to real-time information, such as meter readings, alarm conditions and historical usage data. Both Mueller Systems and Echologics are divisions of Mueller Co., a leading innovator and provider of water distribution products and services. Echologics pioneered the development of a proprietary, acoustic-based system, known as LeakFinderRT™, which can be used in the field to non-invasively locate distribution main leaks with accuracy that exceeds normal standards without breaking ground or inserting tools into the water system.
As the only two-way AMI solution that incorporates components of LeakFinderRT, ALD should enable utilities to accurately detect and locate distribution main leaks—from their office—using laptops, smartphones and other web-enabled devices. This capability can help utilities more intelligently reduce non-revenue water while prioritizing and conducting repair projects by detecting leaks without using field crews, excavating potential leak sites or resorting to other costly and time consuming tasks normally associated with traditional leak detection methods.
"By integrating technology into water infrastructure, we are giving utilities the ability to access data they can use to make educated decisions that improve the way they manage their water systems, conserve water and serve customers," said Hassan Ali, vice president and general manager of Mueller Systems. "Our automated leak detection offering is a result of an advantage that few, if any, technology companies have—access to the expertise of Mueller Co., a brand synonymous with innovation that helps water utilities overcome the various challenges they face."