The Assessment

The Defense Against Pipeageddon

By 2050, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) estimates the United States alone will spend an estimated $1 trillion to address rehabilitation and replacement of buried water pipes. The more than one million miles of buried pipe are aging and many pipelines are expected to reach their end of useful life within the next 25-30 years.

US water utilities are experiencing 240,000 breaks each year. A recent study by Utah State University found that water main breaks in the US and Canada have increased 27% over the past six years. Service interruptions, soaring costs, pressure to raise water rates and the strain on available resources is unprecedented and is expected to worsen in the near future.

The big question is this: if you are running a water utility in the United States, how do you address this impending “Pipeageddon?”

At Fracta, we are working with utilities and engineering firms around the United States to incorporate AI - Machine Learning condition assessments into proper infrastructure and asset management programs. Through our Software as a Service (SaaS) application, we assess the condition of drinking water distribution mains and provide a Likelihood of Failure (LOF) score. The LOF score represents the mathematical probability of pipe failure for every water main pipe segment. Our objective, big data-driven method is faster, more accurate and more affordable than other desktop and physical condition assessment methods, allowing utilities to make more accurate pipe replacement decisions.

Through our quarterly newsletter, The Assessment, we'll be sharing news and updates in the water infrastructure industry, relevant industry resources and new updates from our team here at Fracta. Thank you for following along.


Since our launch at ACE earlier this year, we have assessed 34,000 miles of water main pipe in 14 states under contract. That number will only continue to grow as we look ahead to 2019.

In The News

  August 2018
The Water Values Podcast
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Water Utilities with Doug Hatler
  October 2018
WaterWorld Webinar
Using AI and Machine Learning for Fast, Accurate and Affordable Pipeline Condition Assessments
  September 2018
Trenchless Technology
Water Leak Targeting Using Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  OCTOBER 2018
Value Inspiration Podcast
How AI can be used to augment engineers to solve a $1 Trillion infrastructure problem
  September 2018 Issue
Washington Examiner
US Drinking Water Supply is at Risk from Deteriorating Pipes
  October 2018 Issue
Water Online
New Water Infrastructure Bill:
A Positive Step
Fracta on the Move

We'll be exhibiting and/or speaking at the following shows
and events in the coming months:

October 28 - 30
Baton Rouge, LA

October 28 - 31
Water Infrastructure Conference
Atlanta, GA

December 5 - 6
Digital One-Water Smart
Utility of the Future

Arlington, VA

Contact Fracta

Would you like a demonstration of Fracta's technology or an assessment of your pipe and break data? Are you ready for a proposal for a condition assessment? If you are interested and ready to learn more, contact Fracta today >


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