A municipality on alert for water leak detection
In June 2019, the town of Oneida, Tennessee, was experiencing an impossible situation. With increasing state regulations and massive water loss, the water department was taken over by the local government.
Oneida produces approx. 1500 million litres of water a year and saw a 51% water loss, meaning that over 750 million litres were being lost to leaks every year. The loss was costing the municipal council approx. €183,000 annually and meant the water treatment plant had to operate on 12- to 14-hour days to keep up with demand.
Oneida received a warning from the EPA and, like many rural municipalities with limited resources and ageing infrastructure, was overwhelmed by increasing expectations and out of ideas.