Suburban partners with ASTERRA

PHOTO PROVIDED ASTERRA’s logo is pictured above.

MILL HALL — Suburban Water Authority, of Mill Hall, recently partnered with San Diego-based company ASTERRA to analyze waterline infrastructure and to locate various water leaks within the system.

There have been multiple reports of leaks within the water line systems in the area, and Suburban Water Authority’s partnership with ASTERRA is working to repair these leaks swiftly and with novel technology.

Suburban’s manager, Greg Mayes, explained that although it may seem alarming, it is not unnatural for leaks to happen.

“Because of age, it can happen quite frequently, but we are working to repair these leaks throughout the next couple of months. However long it takes, we plan to get the job done,” said Mayes.

Mayes expressed that the authority felt it was important to bring another company onto this project, especially a high-tech company like AESTERRA, so customers would be taken care of.

“ASTERRA is such an interesting company, they’ve done a lot of great things,” said Mayes.

Located at 7893 Nittany Valley Drive in Mill Hall, Suburban wants its clients to be informed about their water supply.

While Suburban works as an operating authority, providing water to clients in the surrounding area, ASTERRA is working as a helping hand, detecting these leaks so that the authority is able to do its job, and do it well.

ASTERRA uses algorithms as well as artificial intelligence to detect potential leaks, assess pipes, explore minerals and locate moisture near major installations. Using geospatial technology that is safe and sustainable, ASTERRA has been successful in previous projects that its worked on worldwide.

According to the company, ASTERRA’s impact on the world is just starting to be felt. Part of ASTERRA’s mission is to deliver actionable intelligence to become “humanity’s eyes.”

As stated on their website, “ASTERRA’s ability to locate underground leaks and assess pipeline conditions on wastewater systems is helping keep pathogens, toxins and other pollutants out of the environment …” benefitting us, the world.

For this project specifically, ASTERRA has worked with Suburban to conduct a satellite-based detection analysis of the underground waterways that Suburban operates through.

The product its used to conduct this detection is ASTERRA’s very own Recover, which works to detect the leaks quickly so that repairs can be planned and expedited.

And they will continue to do a lot of great things right here, in the area.

Because Suburban Water Authority serves around 3,000 customers throughout the surrounding area, a lot of people may have been experiencing water leakage.

Mayes explained, “We are continually looking for leaks and are working to reduce any unaccounted for water. It saves our customers in the long run.”

Suburban encourages its clients to conserve their water whenever possible, even after the leaks are repaired.

Applications for water service via Suburban are located on their website (suburbanwaterpa.com) and its hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


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