Comprehensive Leak Detection Survey and Benefit/Cost Analysis

by Richard J. Scholze, Jr., US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, United States,
Hany H. Zaghloul, US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, United States,
Prakash M. Temkar, US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, United States,
Stephen W. Maloney, US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Design and Installation

Abstract: Fort Carson, Colorado was the site of a comprehensive leak detection investigation of the potable water system with the express purpose of quantifying the benefits to be derived by a military installation from use of the technology. Military bases are often the size of a small city and the Directorate of Engineering and Housing has complete responsibility for all real estate (all buildings, all utilities, roads, grounds, etc.) unlike a municipal public works department. The investigation used state of the art noise correlation and computer correlation technology to survey the distribution system mains. Representative findings include: the majority of distribution system leaks were at hydrants or similar appurtenances; and family housing was found to be the other major concentration of leaks. However, where the first survey found 80 percent of housing units had leaks, preliminary findings from a second round in 1989 are on the order of 20 percent. The paper presents a complete lessons-learned section and also present cost figures and related information showing when and where leak detection surveys are appropriate.

Subject Headings: Leakage | Pipe leakage | Geomatic surveys | Water supply systems | Hydrographic surveys | Housing | Military engineering | Site investigation | Correlation | North America | Colorado | United States

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