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Detecting Leaks with Data


Colorado's growing population is putting pressure on water providers to come up with more and more of this precious resource. Conservation efforts have been increasing but utilities are also paying attention to water lost in the system through leaks. As part of our Connecting the Drops series, Hannah Leigh Myers went hunting for a leak with a Denver Water technician to get a closer look at the ever improving data systems and technology responsible for the decline in water lost in leaky public systems.


 Chris Garcia-DW Leak Techweb

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Pair Sound with Sight 

 DW Truck web
Since 2012, Denver Water has surveyed more than 4,600 miles of pipe and pinpointed nearly 1,100 leaks.
 Chris Garcia-DW Leak Techweb
Chris Garcia is a member of Denver Water's Leak Detection Unit.
 Highest Quality Audio Leak Techweb
Leak technicians use high quality audio equipment to listen for leaks.
 Audio Leak Test web
Denver Water leak technicians listen for unusual sound frequencies that might signal a leaky pipe.
 Listening for a Leakweb
 Magnetic transducers that are placed on pipes or valves will send frequencies to a computer which then helps the crew narrow down the leak's location on the pipe.

Connecting the Drops Partners

Connecting the Drops is a radio collaboration between Water Education Colorado and Colorado Community Radio Stations KGNU, KDNK and KRCC.


 Support for 2017 programming comes from CoBank

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