Innovative Airborne Water Leak Detection Surveillance Service

Areas of expertise

Business Innovation
Science Communication


Environment & Climate
ICT & Security


European project



About the Project

WADI developed a prototype for a leak detection service that helps water utilities in saving water and energy consumptions.

The project developed an airborne water leak detection surveillance service to provide water utilities with adequate information on leaks in water infrastructure outside urban areas, thus enabling prompt and cost-effective repairs. WADI’s innovative concept consists in coupling and optimising off-the-shelf optical remote sensing devices (multispectral and infrared cameras) and applying them on two complementary aerial platforms (manned and unmanned) in an operational environment. The feasibility of the surveillance service developed by WADI was tested in real conditions through water leak detection campaigns on two pilot sites: Provence region (FR) and Alqueva (PT).

Under our coordination, WADI developed a prototype and an exploitation plan for the commercialisation of the service.