While new technologies such as smart meters, telemetry systems and satellite imagery are becoming popular in the leak detection world, water technicians still need to locate leaks visually or by using acoustic and tracer gas leak devices.

Sewerin is currently at the forefront of leak detection technology, with high performing acoustic and tracer gas, water leak detectors, from digital correlators to the venerable listening sticks.

Sewerin’s engineering capabilities make its equipment very dependable and give operators confidence in the product’s reliability, longevity and performance, which are key factors to consider when purchasing leak detection equipment.

So what’s new from Sewerin?

The Aquaphon A50 brings together key features of the popular Aquaphon A100 into a more compact and easy-to-use system, and features cordless headphones, which are designed in-house and remove all noise normally associated with other cordless headphones.

The Aquaphon A50 has a high quality of sound that is generally only associated with corded headphones, but while corded headphones are restricting when locating in confined areas, this new technology has the same sound quality as corded, without the inconvenience of cords.

The new A50 receiver also has a phenomenal battery life, allowing for approximately a week of leak detection. The display is intuitive and has last memory readings and a new filter selection feature that allows you to easily cut out outside noise without being detrimental to the leak noise itself.

The system is flexible and Access Detection offers different variations of kits, including the backpack kit with universal style microphone – perfect for plumbers, and the TS10 kit with heavy- duty contact microphone that comes in a vinyl case – perfect for councils and water authorities.

All the A100 microphones are compatible with this new system so you could use a B04 ground microphone with the A50.

Another popular unit, the Aquaphon A200, has been on the market for 12 months and has received positive feedback from industry.

Customers using the A200 are often A100 owners who have found the new A200 to be a step above the A100 system in both microphone and receiver technology, and it performs extremely well, even on small leaks.

The A200 has an easy-to-use colour touch screen display which is important for new operators as it has the flexibility to adjust filtering to hone in on the smaller and more difficult leaks. It also comes with a cordless microphone range, in addition to the standard cordless headphones.

Often there is concern that cordless technology will not provide the same sound quality as a cord connection, but Sewerin’s digital transmitters, receivers and microphone technology create a noise free link.

For leak detection professionals, there’s nothing better than placing the microphone on the ground and being able to listen at a distance, without cords getting in the way or creating noise from movement.

While the A200 has many advantages, the Aquaphon A100 still remains an industry favourite because it offers the best value in the entry-level domestic plumbers market or for councils wanting a high-performing system.

The system is a bestseller as it looks and feels like a traditional system but has been upgraded internally with new DSP processors, further improving its ability to detect leaks.

Another reason why water authorities such as Sydney Water and Gold Coast Water are continuing to use this leak detection equipment is due to the importance that is placed on training.

Access Detection has a dedicated training room in Sydney where staff teach customers their leak detection process and how to detect the subtle sounds that mean they are close to different leak types.

Access Detection has previously provided on-site and in-field training to water authorities, but only trains customers who have purchased Sewerin equipment through the company or its specialised dealers.

All the dealers at Access Detection come from professional leak detection backgrounds, so there’s no misleading sales talk – just the facts from people working in the industry that have experience using the equipment.

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Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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