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Calgary tech firm to monitor unreliable water pipeline for southwestern Ontario

EcoLog Staff
EcoLog, 6/13/2014 1:11:00 PM

 Calgary-based Pure Technologies Ltd. has won an $8-million contract to install a real-time water pipeline monitoring system for southwestern Ontario.

The acoustic fibre-optic system will scan for leaks and failures for a major pipeline that provides treated drinking water for some 500,000 people in eight municipalities surrounding London, Ontario.

Following four pipeline failures, officials from the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System decided to take action and contract out a monitoring system, according to a June 12, 2014 announcement from Pure Technologies. The failures occurred in 2012, 2010, 1988 and 1983.

Through 47 kilometres of leak detection and condition assessment surveys, Pure Technologies has already detected three stretches of the London-area pipeline that need to be replaced.

“The staff members at Pure Technologies were extremely professional and their level of expertise with respect to PCC [prestressed concrete cylinder] pipe is phenomenal. Truly, they are leaders in their own field,” Brian Lima, capital projects manager for the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System, said in an announcement about the project.

When the monitoring system is up and running by the end of 2014, Pure Technologies will provide monitoring services for at least two years, according to the contract. The monitoring will identify any further deterioration of the pipeline in real-time, prevent failures, and will allow the municipalities to plan for future repairs, if required.

Included in the contract is approximately $1.8 million for civil works and $1.1 million for real-time pipeline monitoring.

 Click below to watch a video of Pure Technologies working on the water pipeline.

Click here for information on the follow-up inspection of the pipeline.

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