Inatex and technology partner Aquarius Spectrum have recently returned from a visit to Unitywater’s Maroochydore operations centre in Queensland, where we prepared to kick off the latest Australian pilot of Aquarius Spectrum’s AQS-SYS fixed water leak detection system.

Unitywater provides water and sewerage services to over 300,000 homes and businesses across Moreton Bay, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast via more than 11,000km of pipe. A focus on continuous improvement and innovation has seen Unitywater embrace the latest systems and technology in order to improve service to their customers, and their ability to quickly identify developing leaks in their water distribution network is key to minimising supply disruptions and water loss.

Inatex and Aquarius Spectrum will deploy the AQS-SYS fixed monitoring system on a 7.5km section of 500mm trunk main west of Maroochydore for a month long pilot program to allow Unitywater to test the IoT powered correlation sensors and multi-spectrum analytics system on their network. AQS-SYS will pinpoint the location of any leaks found and send information to Unitywater’s network engineers, allowing them to quickly dispatch service crews to the exact location of the leak. Knowing where a leak is, how big it is, how fast it is developing, and how many leaks are present on any particular section of pipe will also allow Unitywater to develop more efficient network maintenance plans and help them deal with leaks proactively, saving time and money.

Inatex’s Geoff Morgan and Aquarius Spectrum’s Aviv Amiri were given a warm welcome from the operations and engineering teams, then a tour of Unitywater’s impressive control room followed by a field inspection of the Maroochydore South Trunk Main, where the pilot sensors will be installed.

Pictured above from left to right: Aviv Amiri (VP Sales Aquarius-Spectrum Ltd), Graeme Mitchell (Manager Network Engineering, Unitywater), Geoff Morgan (Managing Director, Inatex), Martine Watson (Manager Network Operations, Unitywater), Ratna Geddam (Principal Digital Engineer, Unitywater) and Tony Wotton (Analytics Team Leader, Unitywater)