According to a report published earlier this month by TechSci Research, the global pipeline leak detection industry for oil and gas facilities is expected to exceed $1.8 billion over the next five years. This, coupled with growing energy markets, is due to an overall increase in oil and gas leaks over the last few years.
In the face of stricter regulations, increased public awareness, and aging infrastructure, oil and natural gas companies will be held to higher regulatory and public criticism standards when leaks in their systems go uncorrected or are largely ignored. In Texas alone, the number of leaks has more than doubled in the last 20 years, citing weather, corrosion, and age of pipes as common causes of leaks.
But oil and natural gas lines aren’t the only concern to the public. Using similar technology, leaks in water systems, mains, and city connections can all be prevented and corrected, protecting our most valuable natural asset. The same state that’s experiencing significant leak problems in the oil and natural gas industry, Texas, is also reportedly losing billions of gallons of water per year due to faulty systems or undetected leaks.
As drought conditions in California and the rest of the American West have shown us, water is quickly becoming a resource we can’t afford to take for granted any longer. Throughout the country, aging pipes and inefficient water suppliers are taking their toll on the nation’s safe water supply, losing trillions of gallons of water every year due to negligence.
No matter what’s leaking or where, the conclusion is the same: finding leaks and preventing them from occurring in the future is a moral responsibility. We urge the public to report any water waste or problematic water usage in your area to local authorities. The tools and technology to find even the most obscured or small leaks is available, but the sooner a leak detection specialist can complete their task, the better chance you have to preventing further damage and waste.
To schedule a consultation with a leak detection specialist in the Pacific Northwest, contact Clearwater Leak Detection. Our state-of-the-art equipment can locate tiny leaks beneath several layers of concrete, earth, or construction material, providing you with the knowledge you need to make a quick correction and repair without extraordinary damage or excavation to your property. Give us a call at 206-686-9300 or use the contact form today.
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