DEWA’s smart ball leak detection technology saved 68.45 million gallons water

DEWA’s smart ball leak detection technology saved 68.45 million gallons water

/ Technology & Smart Cities / Thursday, 24 February 2022 11:30

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce water losses, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has adopted smart ball leak detection to detect invisible water leakages in water transmission pipelines that are otherwise hard to see or reach. 

The smart ball system consists of a small diameter sphere that is inserted into the water network where it travels freely, driven by the water flow. Sounds generated by a leak, gas pocket or anomalies have unique characteristics. The system captures the sounds of these from inside the pipeline with the software then able to detect the location of the leak. The technology has saved 68.45 million gallons of water and AED 2.74 million since its implementationin April 2021.

Commenting on the development, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that the utility adopts the latest technologies in generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity and water. It applies the best global practices in all its projects to raise production and operational efficiency. It achieved concrete savings in developing the water network to promote its effectiveness and reliability, raise the water flow to meet the comprehensive development needs and the growing demand. In addition, it provides its services for more than a million customers in Dubai according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency.

DEWA has become one of the most innovative utilities worldwide, surpassing European and American countries by reducing electricity network losses to 3.3% compared to 6 to 7% in Europe and the United States in 2020. It also reduced water network losses to 5.1% compared to 15% in North America. DEWA’s total installed capacity is 13,417 MW of electricity and 490 MIGD of water.

"In Dubai we have a comprehensive vision to ensure the sustainability of resources as part of the integrated strategy of managing water resources in Dubai which focuses on enhancing water resources, conserving consumption and using the latest technologies as well as innovative solutions." Al Tayer added.

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