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New device for detecting water leaks invented

August 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have announced that they have invented a new device which improves the practice of detecting water leaks under the ground. If water companies start to use the device it could help them to fix the leaks which are responsible for so much wastage across the UK every year.

The new device is said to be able to detect water leaks with greater accuracy than previous devices, with an accuracy range of within one metre in iron pipes. They are said to be even more accurate when it comes to detecting leaks in plastic pipes.

Whereas the current devices use microphones to listen for leaking water underneath the ground, the new device uses pressure waves. This is said to be a more accurate technique which could reduce the level of false readings and make the water companies more efficient at fixing leaks.

The device has already been tested by Yorkshire Water which has announced that it will be making a decision about whether to use it on a more permanent basis.

The device was developed by Professor Stephen Beck, who works in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He said that leaks are very common in the old iron pipes which have been in use for over a century in some cases, and that newer plastic pipes can also develop leaks.

The new device should help to make detecting these leaks a lot quicker, and this could help to save water companies time and money, ultimately leading to less wastage of water across the UK.

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