With between 6 to 20 breaks per year, which peaked at 54 in 2020, Rick’s team has been fixing these leaks as they occur, documenting their location, taking measurements, and collecting pipe and soil samples to determine any patterns. However, no definitive trend has emerged to enable the team to figure out where failures will happen next. “The one thing we could not predict is where a corrosion pit is going to occur in the wall of a pipe.
Where is a pipe going to start leaking? With Rezatec, we now have a basis to begin to be able to make those decisions,” says Rick.
“The AI analytics evaluate soil condition and pH, soil movement, moisture content, temperature differentials and all those factors that correlate to leaks that are already starting. Failure history, pipe attributes and other locally known factors are included in the analytics. We believe this should help us to get ahead of failure, replacing pipes and valves before there is a leak. Not only does it lead to minimal disruption of service for our community, but it should help us to plan our capital expenditures and upgrades much more accurately,” he adds.