Dr. Mark LeChevallier,
Director of Innovation
and Environmental
Stewardship, American
Voorhees, NJ, U.S.A. and Rishon Le-Zion, Israel --- (METERING.COM) --- May 17, 2013 - American Water and Steam Control Ltd. are to partner on a 2-year project to develop an advanced pressure management system with a $1.8 million award from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation.

This research project demonstrates the feasibility of installing modifications on existing pressure system controls that could reduce pressure in a system in response to reduced customer demand. International efforts to reduce leakage have confirmed that reducing excessive pressure not only reduces the volume of leaks through pipes but reduces the frequency of pipe failures. The expected outcome of the project will enable average reduction of water leakage significantly.

“Increasing operational efficiency by reducing water waste is a major priority at American Water and for many utilities around the world,” said Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship at American Water. “Leakage in public water systems is a common problem, undermining water resource efficiency and resulting in loss of purified drinking water, wasting the energy and material resources used in abstraction and treatment. This innovation can automatically reduce water pressures under low flow and will result in less water leakage and reduced non-revenue water. We also believe this project will reduce the number of main breaks that occur.”  

This is the first BIRD Foundation award for American Water and Steam Control Ltd. The project is part of American Water’s Innovation Development Process, which was launched in 2009 to drive innovation and support the development of new products.