been more in peril nor the investment opportunities greater.”
Planet Water: Investing in the World’s Most Valuable Resource, Steve Hoffmann
The Global Water Problem
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.1 billion (around 1 in 6) people do not have access to improved drinking water and that 3 billion (almost 1 in 2) people live in water-scarce conditions.
- While water supply has remained constant, demand has increased 6-fold in the last century.
- Globally, more than 45 million cubic metres per day are lost through leakage. A cubic metre is the size of 11 medium boxes each 18x18x17 inches.
- The World Bank estimates the cost to utilities of water lost before reaching the consumer at approximately $14 billion per annum. These costs increase when factoring in water leakage after reaching the end user.
- Public infrastructure spending is expected to total $41 trillion globally from 2005 through 2030, with $23 trillion spent on water and sewer issues.
The UK Water Problem
- The UK receives a large amount of rainfall, however there are limited natural or man made methods for water storage. This means that there is a relatively small volume of water available per person in the UK.
- The demand for water is growing at a steady rate of 1% per year.
- The South East of England has less water available per person than the desert states of Syria and Sudan.
- A citizen of the UK uses an average of 150 litres of water per day.
- Industry and Commerce in the UK consume 1300 million cubic metres of water per year.
- The average household bill in 2008-09 for water and sewerage is £330 (the average water bill is £157 and the average sewerage bill is £174). This is an increase in real terms of 44% since 1989.
- The water industry has more than 700,000 kilometres of mains and sewers (640,206 kilometres in England and Wales, enough to stretch to the moon and back – Water UK.
The Impact of Seemingly Small Leaks
- A 3mm hole in a metal pipe at 40psi leaks 8,450 litres in 24hrs
- A pinhead can leak 1,363,750 litres in a year. That’s 12,000 bath tubs
- A leaking toilet will waste 344,470 litres in 30 days
- A dripping faucet/hose will waste 680 litres a month
- Approximately 1 in every 20 swimming pools has a leak.
- Approximately 1 in every 300 homes or buildings has a leak.
How We Can Help
Through our products and services, American Leak Detection and Qonnectis have been helping solve the water problems we face.
American Leak Detection, Inc.
- Established 1974
- Headquartered in Palm Springs, California
- Specializes in the non-invasive detection of all types of leaks, including hidden water and sewer leaks
- Services residential, commercial and municipal (water system) markets
- 115 US franchise agreements and operations in 41 States. Our services cover about 92% of the US population.
- 17 non-US franchise agreements throughout Canada, Australia, UK, Spain, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and other locations
- Four company-owned locations in Palm Springs, San Bernardino, Boston, and Ft. Lauderdale, with future expansion plans
- Network Sales over $50 million per year.
- Over 5 million leaks found since 1974.
- Ranked #1 by Entrepreneur Magazine in its Miscellaneous Maintenance Products & Services Category for past 9 years
- Ranked as one of the top 25 performing franchise systems by The Wall Street Journal in 2008
Qonnectis Networks Ltd.
- Established 1998 and listed on AIM in 2005. Re-named Water Intelligence in July 2010.
- Supplier of traditional and web-based technology solutions and services for standard and remote data collection for water, electricity, gas and environmental utilities and organizations
- Creator of Leakfrog:
- Very short installation time
- Productivity of meter readers is not affected by deploying or recovering Leakfrog units which will show the presence and quantity of leaks
- Because a Leakfrog unit can typically be used on many different meters during its life span, it provides utilities with an economical and cost-effective way to detect customer-side leakage