Feb 07, 2011

New Orleans Selects Echologics Engineering for Pipe Assessment Project

Pilot project identified more than 75,000 gal of water lost to leaks daily

The city of New Orleans has selected Echologics Engineering Inc. to oversee its water loss management and water pipe integrity assessment initiative. This initiative includes leak detection, pipe condition assessment and water meter calibration and maintenance.

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) selected Echologics following a competitive bid process for the one-year contract, which is renewable for a second year. Echologics is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of products and services that are used in the transmission and distribution of clean drinking water and in water treatment facilities. Echologics will help New Orleans prioritize water pipes that require rehabilitation or replacement.

During a pilot project, Echologics located water main leaks that were causing between 75,000 and 100,000 gal per day of water loss. This water loss is equivalent to filling one Olympic swimming pool every six days.

"Municipalities faced with the increasing need to repair or replace their aging water infrastructure need tools and technology to help them prioritize this vital initiative," said Marc Bracken, vice president and general manager of Echologics. "We are committed to helping New Orleans find leakage in the distribution water pipes, while at the same time assessing structural condition of the pipe to ensure that the city's residents have access to clean drinking water."