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The Sahara platform is a tethered tool with live video that can accurately detect leaks and gas pockets in water and wastewater pipelines.

Real-time feedback and precise leak location details for pipeline operators

The Sahara platform is a tethered tool that offers a variety of solutions for water and wastewater pipelines, including leak and gas pocket detection, inline CCTV and pipeline pre-commissioning.

Sahara gives clients a cost-effective option for precise leak location in both complex and pipelines, while also giving utilities the option of live video footage and pipeline mapping. Using this actionable data, utilities can confidently make decisions relating to water loss and condition assessment of their network.

Sahara leak detection is tracked above ground using sensors, which also allows for the precise marking of leaks. This information can be used by utilities to greatly improve excavation accuracy when excavating the pipeline for repairs and maintenance, especially in complex urban environments. The tool allows the operator close control and sensitivity during inspections with no disruption to regular pipeline service.

Benefits

  • Easy to deploy through existing pipeline features
  • No disruption to regular pipeline service
  • Sub-meter mapping technology for all pipeline materials
  • Tethered system ideal for complex and urban systems
  • Real-time results with live video feed
  • Finds leaks that cause pre-commissioned water mains to fail

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Featured Case Study

K-water

K-water, the national bulk water utility in South Korea, supplies water across the country to smaller cities and controls everything from collection, treatment and pumping to maintenance, inspection and rehabilitation of the nation-wide pipeline system.

Beginning in 2011, K-water has used Sahara® Leak Detection to address non-revenue water and collect condition information about its metallic pipelines.