At Aquify, we understand the challenges our cities face when it comes to conserving water and reducing the amount wasted due to leaking and broken water mains. We also realize that explaining water technologies can be tough and it’s quite difficult getting people to understand the importance of dealing with this problem, especially when those pipes and leaks are below ground and out of sight.
So, our team embarked on a challenge. Can we simply explain why water loss matters? Can we strip away all the water-industry technical jargon and make it easy to understand why we do what we do and how it works?
We invite you to click "play" and let us know how we did.
One of the aims of the video was to show towns, villages, and city leaders how Aquify's comprehensive water distribution network technology works. But as we developed the video, two questions quickly surfaced.
- Are we really focusing our efforts on the right places to conserve one of our most precious, life-sustaining resources, clean, potable water?
Our society is heavily focused on water conservation through initiatives like low-flow appliance incentives, shorter showers, and lawn watering bans focused on the water utility customer. These water conservation initiatives are good things, but they are not the only things. Did you know that leaks and breaks that occur on the utility’s side of the meter waste as much water as the water saved by consumer-side conservation measures? If we want to really make a difference and save precious water, we need to address utility side leaks.
- Do small undetected leaks actually contribute to water loss?
At some point, a water main break has impacted all of us. Water gushes, a street gets blocked off, traffic backs up, and the water utility rushes to make quick repairs, and for a good reason. A significant water main break can spill 10,000 gallons in a minute or more. That's a lot of water wasted. But simple math tells us that leaks of only 1/50th the size will take just 50 times longer to lose the same amount of water. So, if a large leak gets fixed in four hours, it will only take eight days for the small, undetected leak to lose the same amount of water. But now consider, if it’s underground or leaking into a creek, utilities don’t even know the small leak exists -- Aquify solves this problem.
Aquify's intelligent technology delivers visibility to an underground water utility network through sensors, 24/7 data streams, and a professionally staffed analytics staff-- helping water utilities see the unseeable so they can save water.
By organizing utility water systems into manageable zones, Aquify enables utilities to SEE their water network and detect when leaks occur and know where they are happening. Additionally, Aquify’s sensors deliver invaluable insight into the system water pressures, which helps save pipes and money.
And because the Aquify solution is made available as a professional service, utilities don't need to worry about allocating a significant capital expenditure or hiring and training technology and analytics experts. Plus, utilities don’t need to worry about sourcing or maintaining hardware or software because they come bundled in the contract.
Customers also have the confidence of knowing Aquify is part of and backed by Exelon, a Fortune 100 energy utility company serving 10 million utility customers.