Satellite-Based Leak Detection and Analysis

Efficiently leverage leak detection across potable and wastewater systems

Solution Overview

ASTERRA Recover locates and analyzes moisture leaking from underground pipes so that repairs can be planned and expedited. With Recover, entire city-wide systems for drinking water and wastewater can be monitored and analyzed. Even leaks that are non-surfacing or have left no surface evidence at all are easily located. Ground crews can then be used with maximum efficiency, digging to repair the leaks that Recover has found rather than digging to look.

Recover represents the most significant advance in underground water leak detection in 80 years and won the inaugural AWWA Innovation Award in 2021. Using algorithms that have been fine-tuned with the power of AI and machine learning to recognize the signatures of water leaking from different systems, Recover provides likely leak locations as a subscription. Compared to current leak detection services and methods, Recover satellite-based leak detection technology not only identifies more leaks, it increases field crew efficiency up to 400%!

How Recover Works

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    Satellite images are acquired

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    Radiometric corrections are made

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    Recover’s algorithm analyzes the data

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    Insights can be accessed via subscription on the EO Discover platform

The Recover Differentiators

Since its first commercial use, Recover has been a “game-changer.” With Recover’s underground leak detection, an entire system can be monitored throughout the year. No capital spending is needed, and ground crews can be used far more efficiently, repairing instead of searching for leaks. The satellite collects data from a high altitude, covering large areas, and can quickly analyze the most expansive systems. Since 2016,100,000leaks have been verified, and Recover is now saving the world over368 billiongallonsof drinkable water and920,000MWH of energy annually, figures that grow every year.


  • Potable Water

    Recover offers the water industry the lowest cost per leak found on the market, averaging 3.5 leaks found per crew day vs. 1.3 using traditional acoustic methods. In an industry that loses 17 billion gallons of water a year worldwide, Recover can significantly impact a company’s NRW. In addition to reducing water loss, Recover reduces wasted energy costs and related pollution, including carbon release.

  • Waste Water

    Recover helps the wastewater industry protect itself from the problems that can arise when underground leaks go unseen and uncorrected. These include the risk of significant fines, consent decrees, and other legal consequences. Recover can also help avoid damage to their reputation from the introduction of wastewater into underground environments if it had been preventable through early discovery and repair.

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