Leak Detection 101


0.3 CEUs


Instructor Bio: Alain M. Lalonde, P.Eng.
Director, Business Development - Canada
Echologics, a Mueller Brand

Over his 25+ year career in the water industry, Alain Lalonde has help to promote and implement leading edge approaches and methodologies to assess and reduce Non-Revenue Water. A recognized authority in NRW management, Alain has managed some of the largest leakage reduction and pipeline condition assessment programs within Canada and has also work internationally in USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Dominican Republic. He is an active member of the AWWA Water Loss Control Committee, IWA Water Loss Specialist Group and OWWA Water Distribution Committee. Alain has presented & published numerous papers on water loss assessment, leakage reduction, condition assessment, pressure management & water metering. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario & Saskatchewan.

Currently, he is responsible for leading the Canadian business development initiatives of the Echologics brand for Mueller Water Products including leak detection, condition assessment and pipeline monitoring solutions.

Delivery Formats

Webinar Training


This course is designed to provide participants with knowledge in the purposes and best practices of water loss management & active leak detection of municipal water distribution systems. The main focus is on the proper use of listening techniques for identifying and locating water leaks. Basic correlation and other water loss management methods as well as the impact of leakage on the environment will also be presented. Fundamentals of sound and watermain acoustic principles will be covered to help improve the participant’s listening techniques and understanding. Various equipment and methods will be presented for pinpointing leaks in different pipes types, as well as on hydrants and valves. Participants will also learn how to plan, conduct and analyze results of an acoustic water leak detection survey.

Training Course Learning objectives: Students will gain knowledge in the best practices of determining and listening for leaks in a water distribution system. The focus on listening skills will give the participant a better understanding of leak sounds and improve the success of finding actual leaks. Students will learn to use a variety of equipment to aid them in pinpointing leaks. Participants will also learn about other methods that are available to identify and find leaks as well as the impact of leakage on the environment.

Specific knowledge:
o Fundamentals of water loss
o Causes and impact of leaks
o Types of water losses
o Locating leaks & breaks
o Types of listening equipment
o Basics of sound waves as it relates to listening


$100.00 Must have current SWWA Membership

$200.00 Non-Members