United Water Resources, founded as Hackensack Water Company in 1869, is one of the United States' largest water services companies. It is headquartered in Harrington Park, New Jersey. The company owns and operates water and wastewater utilities and has contracts to operate municipal systems. United Water serves about 7 million people in the United States. Paris-based Suez Environnement, a global water and waste treatment company, is the parent company of United Water Resources.
Hackensack Water Company
The Hackensack Water Company developed water supply and storage in northeastern New Jersey during the latter part of 19th and in the 20th century, to provide service to the towns of North Hudson, and the cities of Hoboken and Hackensack using the watershed of the river from which it took its name, the Hackensack. Its headquarters and major facilities were located in Weehawken, New Jersey . Remnants of its early infrastructure can be see at the Hackensack Water Company Complex and the New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Company.
In 2011, United Water began a pilot program in its New Jersey service area to detect and isolate leaks in its transmission and distribution lines. The company employed the services of Echologics Engineering for this project, which provided advanced acoustic-based technologies for leak detection and pipe condition assessment. The program discovered a major leak in a 42-inch water main that runs beneath a river in the pilot test area that was losing 100,000 gallons of water per day. Using Echologics' technology, United Water New Jersey was able to pinpoint the location of the leak and repair it before the water main failed completely. This also resulted in immediate savings due to to marginal cost of non-revenue water.
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- "Leak Detection Service Helps Plug Main Leak Under River". WaterWorld. July 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-19.